National Hockey League
Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 1
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 31, 2011
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Mike Cvik
Attendance: 18118

Justin Williams recorded a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings kicked off their six-game homestand with a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Brad Richardson, defenseman Matt Greene and Anze Kopitar also scored while Andrei Loktionov and blue-liner Slava Voynov had two assists apiece for Los Angeles, which improved to 4-0-2 under new coach Darryl Sutter.

Richardson buried his own rebound from the doorstep midway through the first period to forge a 1-1 tie and Greene put the Kings ahead for good with a blast from the right point less than 8 1/2 minutes into the second.

Kopitar made it 3-1 less than five minutes later as he received a pass from Williams in the left faceoff circle, cut across the bottom of the slot and backhanded the puck over a sprawled Roberto Luongo for his 11th goal of the season.

Williams provided the final margin with a power-play tally midway through the third.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa extended his points streak to six games with a goal for Vancouver, which lost in regulation for just the second time in 11 contests (8-2-1).

Top Game Performances
Vancouver   Los Angeles
Kevin Bieksa 1 Points Justin Williams 2
Kevin Bieksa 1 Goals Justin Williams 1
Daniel Sedin 1 Assists Andrei Loktionov 2
N/A Power Play Goals Justin Williams 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Roberto Luongo .879 Save Percentage Jonathan Quick .964
Roberto Luongo 29 Saves Jonathan Quick 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 28 1 0-4 4-5 24 23
Los Angeles 33 4 1-5 4-4 22 37
Upcoming Games
  • Los Angeles will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Kings have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .524 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Canucks have a W/L % of .560 after a win and .714 after a loss.