Canucks come out flying, Kings running around a lot in their own end.
Just under five minutes in, the Kings make a weak clearing attempt by Randy Jones that is picked up in the neutral zone. Kevin Bieksa gets the puck, passes to Pavol Demitra and he rips it past Erik Ersberg's short side. Not a good goal. It's 5-1 Canucks.
Kings bounce right back. Nice move by Matt Greene to the net. He shoots and Fredrik Modin pounces on it to make it a 5-2 score. No. 3 for Modin in the series.
Kings with a glimmer of life but then the Canucks get their fifth PP of the night. They're 0 for 4 so far. That stat is bound to change and it does when, who else, Mikael Samuelsson takes a pass has plenty of room to move in a fire a laser over Ersberg's trapper. Number 7 for Samuelsson and it's 6-2. Ersberg down and too deep and he gets yanked. Back in comes Jonathan Quick.
A bit of an understatement to say this has been a woeful night for Kings goaltending.
Yikes. And now it's 7-2. Shot from the point. Quick with the save. Rebound to Steve Bernier and he gets No. 3 of the series. And there's still almost 10 minutes to go in this one -- not too soon to start thinking ahead to Sunday. The Canucks have regained the swagger they lost earlier in this series, the Kings are reeling and they have less than 48 hours to get back on track.
Just think: On Wednesday night at Staples the Kings had a 3-2 lead after two periods and ended up losing it 6-4. Tonight, they get blown out 7-2. Thirteen goals against in the last five periods and, remember, on Wednesday night they were 20 minutes away from taking a 3-1 lead in the series.
The Kings are going to need to turn this thing around quickly and dramatically. But it is going to be a very big challenge on all fronts.
A must win at Staples on Sunday night at 6 p.m. or the season is over.