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NHL: Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 2

April 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM   |   Comments

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 14 (UPI) -- Dustin Brown produced a hat trick Friday, with two of his goals coming with Los Angeles shorthanded, in the Kings' 4-2 victory over Vancouver.

The Kings have taken a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the team that had the best record in the NHL's regular season.

Los Angeles will host Game 3 Sunday.

Brown scored shorthanded with 9 seconds left in the first period to give the Kings the lead and had another goal in the second period while Vancouver had the man advantage.

The second-period tally gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead and Brown completed the hat trick 8:30 into the third with a power-play goal. Trevor Lewis made it 4-1 with 5:09 to play.

Jannik Hansen delivered the only goal Vancouver managed during the game's first 56 minutes, but his frustrations boiled over late in the contest when he was hit with a 4-minute roughing penalty and a game misconduct. Vancouver's Maxim Lapierre also received a game misconduct moments later.

Jonathan Quick stopped 45 shots in the victory. Roberto Luongo allowed the four Los Angeles goals on 27 shots.

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