By Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
Brock Boeser scored his second goal at 4:30 of overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied for a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Thursday.
Boeser’s initial shot from the right circle was saved by Cal Petersen, and after his second attempt off a pass from Elias Pettersson was blocked by Jordan Spence, Boeser gathered the puck and scored on his third shot into an open net.
“It took me a few tries, but finally put it home,” Boeser said.
Vancouver is 32-15-9 since Bruce Boudreau was hired to replace Travis Green on Dec. 5.
“It still meant a lot to us and just to show what our team is capable of,” Boeser said. “I talk about it a lot, but it’s pretty amazing where we are right now compared to where we were at the beginning of the year. I think we all talk about that a lot and take a lot of pride in that.”
Dustin Brown played in his last NHL regular-season game for the Kings (44-27-11) after announcing earlier on Thursday that he will retire following the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Los Angeles, which had its five-game winning streak ended, will play the Oilers in the Western Conference First Round.
“He said it himself, he said that he’s thankful for this opportunity to be able to go into the postseason and go out swinging, not just in the last regular-season game and that’s it,” Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. “So obviously, we’ll pour everything we have into this playoff run and see where it takes us.”
Kopitar also made Brown captain for the game, a position he held from 2008-16, including when the Kings won the Cup in 2012 and 2014.
“I think it’s appropriate, a long-serving guy that lifted the Cup wearing the ‘C,'” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. “Tip of the hat to Anze for thinking of that and executing it and making it happen. That wasn’t management-driven or coach-driven, and that just goes to show how great individuals are and what they mean to each other. Very honorable thing to do.”
Petersen made 26 saves in his first start since April 10. He had not played since allowing six goals on 25 shots in relief of Jonathan Quick in a 9-3 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on April 13.
Boeser cut it to 2-1 at 6:52 of the third period with a one-timer from the high slot off a pass from Pettersson on a power play.
Chiasson tied it 2-2 at 14:31 when he knocked down Quinn Hughes‘ shot from the blue line and chipped it over Petersen in front.
McLellan attributed the Kings blowing a two-goal lead in the third period to a lack of concentration.
“I think we had already moved on to Edmonton,” he said.
Gabriel Vilardi gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 15:08 of the second period on a wrist shot from above the right circle through traffic. It was his fourth point (two goals, two assists) in the past two games after being a healthy scratch the previous four.
Adrian Kempe made it 2-0 at 18:50 of the second, shooting five-hole from near the left hash marks after catching Vancouver in transition. The goal was his 35th of the season, tying Anze Kopitar (2017-18) and Alex Frolov (2006-07) for the most by a Kings player since 2003-04.
NOTES: Pettersson had two assists and has six multipoint games in his past 11. … Canucks forward J.T. Miller had an assist and has 98 points (31 goals, 67 assists) this season. … The Canucks went 20-14-7 at home. … The Kings went 23-11-7 on the road. … Los Angeles sat out the line of Phillip Danault, Trevor Moore and Viktor Arvidsson.