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Originally published Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

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Vancouver Canucks shut out Kings in Los Angeles | NHL

Visiting Vancouver, with Cory Schneider making 20 saves, shut out the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings 1-0.

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LOS ANGELES — Cory Schneider and the Vancouver Canucks handed the defending Stanley Cup champions their second straight shutout loss.

Schneider made 20 saves en route to his sixth NHL shutout, Mason Raymond scored in the first period and the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 Saturday for their third consecutive victory.

Vancouver was limited to 13 shots on goal.

"It was a close game, and not a lot of offense exchanged both ways, but we'll take it any way we can get it," Raymond said. "We didn't have a lot of shots, but I thought we played well defensively for the most part."

The Kings, coming off a 2-0 home loss to Dallas on Thursday in which they had 40 shots, were blanked for the third time this season. It is the first time they have been shut out in consecutive games since Feb. 16-18, 2012.

"That's a team that plays with a lot of confidence," Schneider said. "After what they accomplished last year, I'm sure they feel like they are in every single game — and they have the talent to do so. They kept coming at us and didn't stray away from their game plan.

"They got pucks deep, crashed the net and tried to get shots through. But we were just very good defensively."

Before being blanked twice, the Kings averaged four goals a game at home.

"We're not making it hard enough on the opposing team's goaltenders," Kings captain Dustin Brown said.

Schneider has played the last three games for the Canucks, facing 88 shots and allowing three goals.

"It's nice to have consecutive efforts in a row like that," he said. "When you have a good one and then a bad one, it's a little frustrating. You can't sit on that and pat yourself on the back. You have to keep doing it, and that's the challenge of playing a lot of games."

Vancouver and Minnesota share the Northwest Division points lead at 38.

Jordan Schroeder, 22, made a two-line pass to set up Raymond's goal 11:06 into the game.

"I think Schroeder is maturing more all the time and he has great vision," Raymond said. "His ability to find those little holes to pass the puck is remarkable.

"That was the difference in the game today, because it enabled me to get a breakaway."

Note

• The host Nashville Predators beat Columbus 5-2, snapping the Blue Jackets' franchise-record streak of earning at least one point at 12 games.


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