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Vancouver Canucks are shut out, trail series 3-0 | NHL playoffs
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick made 41 saves, Dustin Brown scored on a long rebound with 13:30 to play and the Los Angeles Kings pushed the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks to the brink of elimination with a 1-0 victory in Game 3 Sunday night.
The Kings lead the Canucks 3-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series, which continues with Game 4 Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
The Kings haven't won a playoff series since 2001.
Quick posted his second career playoff shutout after setting a franchise record with 10 in the regular season. The Kings snapped a five-game Staples Center playoff losing streak.
Cory Schneider started in goal in place of Roberto Luongo, who played the first two games — both 4-2 home losses — for Vancouver. Schneider made 19 saves.
Vancouver won the Presidents' Trophy for having the most points in the regular season for the second consecutive year, but the Canucks have lost seven of their last eight playoff games, including last year's Stanley Cup Final setback against the Boston Bruins.
Brown delivered perhaps the biggest hit of Game 3 when he flattened Canucks captain Henrik Sedin near the Vancouver bench in the second period. Sedin was practically crawling to the bench but returned to play after a brief trip to the locker room.
At Flyers 8, Penguins 4
Danny Briere, Matt Read and Max Talbot each scored twice for Philadelphia in a brawl-filled game. The Flyers lead the East first-round series 3-0.
The Penguins were assessed 89 penalty minutes, compared with 69 for Philadelphia. Fights included a scrap between Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby and Flyers standout Claude Giroux.
Predators 3, at Red Wings 2
Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Sergei Kostitsyn scored and Pekka Rinne made 41 saves to help Nashville beat Detroit.
The Predators lead the West first-round series 2-1.
At Panthers 4, Devils 2
Stephen Weiss scored the first two playoff goals of his 10-year league career and Florida won a postseason game for the first time in nearly 15 years, beating New Jersey to even their East first-round series at a game apiece.
• Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers was suspended three games by the league for elbowing Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head Saturday during Game 2 of their East series.
Alfredsson has a possible concussion.
Senators defenseman Matt Carkner, 31, was suspended for Monday's Game 3 for his actions in a one-sided fight with Rangers forward Brian Boyle, 27.
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