VANCOUVER: Dustin Brown scored three times — including an NHL playoff record-tying two short-handed goals — as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in the second game of their Western Conference quarter-final series Friday night.
Brown became the 13th player to score two short-handed goals in a post-season game. The last to pull off the feat was John Madden, then of the New Jersey Devils, against the New York Rangers on April 24, 2006.
Underdog Los Angeles, which only secured a playoff berth with three games left in the regular season, took a 2-0 series lead on the Canucks, who finished first overall in the NHL for the second season in a row.
This marks the first time the Canucks have gone 0-2 when starting a playoff series at home.
Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings. Jannik Hansen and Sammy Pahlsson replied for the Canucks.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick recorded 46 saves as the Canucks outshot Los Angeles 48-27. The Kings converted one of four power plays. The Canucks were blanked on five.