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Originally published Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

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Canucks rebound vs. defending champs

Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen scored 2:44 apart late in the second period to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles...

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen scored 2:44 apart late in the second period to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Dan Hamhuis, Mason Raymond and Chris Higgins, into an empty net, also scored for Vancouver, which put forth a strong effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions to stop a two-game losing streak.

Justin Williams and Jordan Nolan scored for Los Angeles, which had its five-game win streak end.

After disappointing 8-3 and 4-2 losses to Detroit and Phoenix, and without center Ryan Kesler (fractured foot), the Canucks were in need of a strong outing to maintain their place atop the Northwest Division.

Vancouver played a gritty, tight-checking game.

Defenseman Andrew Alberts was in the lineup in favor of Keith Ballard (healthy scratch) to provide a physical presence in front of Vancouver's goal.

Canucks newcomer Tom Sestito — picked up on waivers from Philadelphia on Friday — hammered Colin Fraser with a clean check, and then got the better of Nolan in an ensuing first-period fight.

The 6-foot-5 Sestito drew an extended round of applause from the crowd after the bout.

Kevin Bieksa, who returned after missing two games with a groin injury, also had a strong game for Vancouver's defense.

Up front, the Canucks were led by the top line of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows, which combined for five points.

With the score tied 2-2 in the second period, the Canucks took control for good on Daniel Sedin's eighth goal of the season.

After a nice pass from Burrows to set up a 2-on-1 break, Henrik Sedin passed to brother Daniel, who waited a second before firing a slap shot low on Jonathan Quick's blocker side.

Hansen gave the Canucks a two-goal cushion just under three minutes later, scooping up a loose puck in the slot and ripping a wrist shot past Quick's glove.

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