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Kings chase Luongo, down Canucks

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Toffoli notched two goals and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 5-1, at Staples Center.

Mike Richards had a goal and two assists, while Justin Williams and Jordan Nolan accounted for the other two tallies. Jonathan Quick turned aside 25- of-26 shots for Los Angeles' third win in its past four games.

"We were solid. We had a really good start. We were playing against a team that has been playing very well, but we were able to get up a couple [of goals] and keep the lead," said Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter.

Dan Hamhuis scored the lone goal for Vancouver with Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler picking up the helpers. The Canucks have now dropped two of their last three contests.

Roberto Luongo was chased from the net after allowing four goals on 18 shots. Eddie Lack stopped 13-of-14 shots in relief.

"I thought in the first two periods we had surges early, but couldn't score. It's a 5-1 game and you think you got spanked, but I thought Quick made some really important saves at key times. We had some breakdowns, and it's in the back of our net," said Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.

Nolan opened the scoring for the Kings nearly eight minutes into the first. Linden Vey took the puck off a falling Hamhuis and led a rush to the right of Luongo. Vey deked past Vancouver defenseman Brad Richardson and dished the puck over to Nolan, who wristed a shot past the Vancouver netminder.

Richards entered Vancouver's zone with the puck and passed to Drew Doughty, who found a crashing Toffoli to the right of Luongo for a tip-in with under a minute left in the period.

Vancouver got on the board when Hamhuis fired a shot through a maze of players past Quick to cut Los Angeles' lead in half nearly nine minutes into the second.

After Hamhuis' goal, the Kings would respond with three goals in 2:33.

Richards crashed the net, tipping in a feed from Dwight King, and 1:46 later, Anze Kopitar slipped a quick backhand pass from behind the net, finding Williams, who tapped the puck past Luongo.

Lack entered the game after Williams' goal, but the Kings quickly scored again. Toffoli and Richards moved up on a two-on-one. Toffoli slid a pass to Richards, who dished the puck right back for Toffoli to bury in an open net to give the Kings a four-goal lead.

Game Notes

Nolan established a career high after scoring his third of the season ... Toffoli now has a point in all three games since being added to the lineup ... Richards now has points in four straight games ... The Canucks have gone six straight games without allowing a power-play goal ... Vey's assist was his first NHL point.

11/10 01:27:54 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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