Canucks 6, Kings 2
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Jeff Brown fueled Vancouver’s power play with a goal and three assists Saturday night as the Canucks beat Los Angeles 6-2 and spoiled the Kings’ debut of goaltender Grant Fuhr.
Geoff Courtnall scored twice with the man advantage and Trevor Linden also had two goals, one on the power play, to help the defending Western Conference champions win for only the third time in 13 games and the ninth time in their last 10 meetings with Los Angeles.
The Kings’ penalty-killing unit, which hadn’t surrendered more than one power-play goal in any of its previous 13 games, fell apart during a rugged contest in which Matt Johnson and Vancouver’s Gino Odjick went off for fighting just 12 seconds after the opening faceoff.
Courtnall and Martin Gelinas gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead before the first intermission. Kings defenseman Darryl Sydor scored his third goal through a screen just 65 seconds into the second period, as Vancouver defenseman Dave Babych tied up Rick Tocchet in front of the net during a power play.
But Linden and Courtnall responded with goals 83 seconds apart during staggered penalties to Johnson and Pat Conacher, increasing Vancouver’s lead to 4-1.
Wayne Gretzky added his third goal of the season during a two-man advantage with 9 1/2 minutes left in the second. It was his first against Kirk McLean since the night he broke Gordie Howe’s NHL record with his 802nd career goal in the Canucks’ previous visit to the Forum.
Gelinas, a 1988 first-round draft pick the Kings dealt to Edmonton in the trade for Gretzky, snapped an eight-game goal-scoring drought with his second of the season.
Fuhr, 32, came to the Kings in a multi-player trade that sent talented young defenseman Alex Zhitnik to Buffalo. Fuhr’s appearance made him the fifth goalie to play for the Kings this season _ tying the club record set four other times including 1988-89, Kelly Hrudey’s first season with the team.