Elias Pettersson had a power-play goal, Thatcher Demko made 38 saves and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Kings 3-2 on Saturday night at Crypto.com Arena.
Brock Boeser also scored in regulation for the Canucks (30-33-5), who have won six of seven games. JT Miller and Quinn Hughes each had two assists, and Demko saved an Adrian Kempe penalty kick midway through the second half.
Miller and Andrei Kuzmenko were converted in the shootout. Demko denied both Kings’ attempts.
Carl Grundstrom and Alex Edler scored for the Kings (40-20-10), who earned a point and moved into a tie with the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division. Joonas Korpisalo made 15 saves.
The Kings’ Carl Grundstrom celebrates with Arthur Kaliyev after Grundstrom scored in the second half.
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The Kings have not lost in their last nine games in regulation and are 12-2-3 since the All-Star break. But in the shootout Gabe Vilardi shot over the net and Trevor Moore Demko stopped it.
Pettersson buried a shot from the right circle on Vancouver’s first power play of the night to tie the score with seven seconds left midway through the third period.
Grundstrom continued his stellar play on the fourth line, putting the Kings up 2-1 late in the second half when he used his skate to deflect Rasmus Kupari’s shot. The assist was Kupari’s fifth point in eight games since returning from a lower back injury.
Edler, who holds the Canucks record for most points by a defenseman, accounted for both goals in the first. His stick hit Boeser’s shot and redirected it off the left post to score in the Vancouver middle, but Edler scored his first goal against the Canucks with three minutes left to tie the game at 1.
Korpisalo is 3-0-1 since acquiring Columbus in the Feb. 28 trade. He has scored eight goals in that period.
Canucks defenseman Ethan Bear returned after missing eight games with a facial injury.
Canucks: Play the Ducks on Sunday night.
Kings: Host the Calgary Flames on Monday night.