Kings power play on fresh ice to start the second period.
And they score 54 seconds in!
Ryan Smyth with a little deceptive pass over to Jarrett Stoll as all the Canucks converge on Anze Kopitar and Stoll rips it to the top corner on Roberto Luongo's glove side. 1-0 Kings.
2:06 in and now the Canucks are on the power play after a delay-of-game call on Jack Johnson.
Wow, do these guys cycle well and fast around the Kings' net. And Quick is still looking very good, very much under control in his crease.
But at the 3:09 mark, the Canucks win a faceoff, fire a shot at the net and keep the puck alive, thanks to some great footwork by Daniel Sedin, who kicks the loose puck back to Mikael Samuelsson, who bangs in the second rebound. 1-1 now.
Kings really seem intent on finishing checks tonight around their net. Lots of Canuck bodies flying so far.
Drew Doughty playing a really physical game tonight. He just got away with a hit long after the whistle on Mason Raymond.
We're well shy of the halfway mark and Quick has already seen 23 shots by the Canucks to just 11 by the Kings on Luongo and No. 24 is a goal: The Sedins break in and it's the give and go: Daniel to Henrik at the blue line and then at the last instant, right on the tape to Daniel and he scores. 2-1 Canucks at the 8:31 mark.
Canucks have all the momentum when Andrew Alberts just buries Brad Richardson with a dirty hit, leaving his feet, getting tossed from the game and giving the Kings a 5:00 power play. Kings not looking good early on but then Alexander Frolov with the one-touch pass to Fredrik Modin and he rips a one-timer past Luongo. It's 2-2 and the Kings still have over three minutes left on that power play. 2-2.
That's the way the period ends.
And the shots on goal are a little more even now: 26 by Vanouver, 19 by the Kings.
I'm thinking if you told these guys before this game that their goaltending would be solid and they'd be tied after 40 minutes, they'd be thrilled! Now let's see if they can muster some more offense in the third period and win this game.
More coming after the game--or before overtime, whatever the case may be.