With a quick flick of his wrists, Jarret Stoll sent the Los Angeles Kings on to face St. Louis in the second round and the Vancouver Canucks into the offseason a lot sonner than they expected after topping the NHL in the regular season.
Stoll beat Cory Schneider at 4:27 of overtime to give Los Angeles a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night, knocking out the top-seeded Canucks in five games in the Western Conference first-round series.
Stoll scored from the left wing after a turnover at Vancouver blue line. The forward skated in on a 2-on-1, but took the shot himself, picking the top-left corner above Schneider’s blocker.
“It’s special,” Stoll said. “It’s pride in the organization, and your team and your teammates and coaching staff. They’re a great team over there, it took a lot to beat them.”
Brad Richardson tied it for Los Angeles at 3:21 of the third period, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves.
“To close out this series, for me personally, and a few guys in the room, it’s something we’ve never done, so it’s a great feeling,” Quick said.
–The Canucks dropped out in the first round after leading the NHL in regular-season points for the second straight year. Last season, they lost to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings will play the second-seeded St. Louis Blues in the second round.–
Video: Los Angeles Kings vs Vancouver Canucks Jarret Stoll’s overtime series clinching goal.