Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 3: L.A. Takes 3-0 Series Lead With 1-0 Win

The Kings are one game away from sweeping the Canucks after a 1-0 win on Sunday.

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Daniel Sedin Injury Update: Canucks Star Cleared To Practice, Will Join Teammates In Los Angeles

Here comes the cavalry. Down three games to none in their best-of-seven first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks announced Monday that Daniel Sedin has been cleared to practice and will join the team for practice on Tuesday morning.

"Daniel has been following the protocol and he's been cleared to practice with the team so he's flying in later this afternoon," head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters in California on Monday. "[His return to the lineup] won't be my decision. It's a medical decision and he's been skating now for quite a few days. They feel that he's progressed real well and he's cleared to practice with the team."

Sedin's absence from the lineup has had a trickle-down effect on the roster, and while the Canucks face the daunting task of winning four straight playoff games with or without Sedin in the lineup, there's no doubt their chances are better with their leading scorer on the ice. Game 4 is set for Wednesday evening at the Staples Center.

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Kings Vs. Canucks Final Score, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: LA Puts Vancouver In 3-0 Hole

The winners of the Presidents' Trophy will be exiting the playoffs in the first round unless they can pull off an absolute miracle. The Los Angeles Kings now have a 3-0 series lead on the Vancouver Canucks after they pulled off a 1-0 win in Game 3 on Sunday night. Jonathan Quick was spectacular for the Kings, making 41 saves in a shutout, while Cory Schneider was partially at fault for the game-winning goal on the other end.

Dustin Brown scored the winning goal, though he didn't have a ton of work to do on the play. Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams did the creating, while Schneider gave up a big rebound that fell to Brown for a simple finish.

Samuel Pahlsson made a good hit on Brown during the sequence, but along with all of his teammates, he forgot about Brown after making that check. That left him all alone with no one anywhere near him when he scored the winner.

The first period was completely uneventful, but the pace finally picked up early in the second period when Brown laid a massive clean hit on Henrik Sedin. Even though Brown didn't commit a penalty, he delivered a hard hit to Vancouver's star player, which caused the game to come alive. What resulted was some other big hits, fights, penalties and dives, but no goals until Brown scored in the third.

Vancouver out-shot LA in every period and created plenty of good scoring opportunities, but Quick was flawless in net. He's been the best player in this series and looks like he could be this season's version of the red-hot goalie that carries his team through the playoffs. The Kings were not terrific on Sunday, but they didn't have to be with Quick in net.

For more on the Canucks, visit Nucks Misconduct. For updates on the Kings, check out Jewels From the Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Fiesty Second Period, Score Tied At 0

After a first period that was relatively uneventful and lacking in intensity, things picked up considerably in the second period of Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks. It's still 0-0 after two periods of play, but there was much more hitting and much more offense in the second period, with both Jonathan Quick and Cory Schneider coming up big in goal. Quick has been tested much more so far, and he has 24 saves to Schneider's 11.

There were a lot of penalty minutes handed out in the second period, but the period was defined much more by lots of excellent clean hitting from both teams. Things started getting a bit chippy when Dustin Brown issued a massive hit to the shoulder of Henrik Sedin. It looked like Brown might have hit Sedin's head at full speed, but it was a clean, hard check by Brown with no contact to the head. Sedin left the ice and went to the locker room, but would return.

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Alex Burrows and Anze Kopitar fought while Kevin Bieksa picked up a penalty for roughing Brown after the hit, but the response afterwards was positive. Once Bieksa got out of the box, he tried to deliver a hit of his own to Brown, who partially jumped out of the way but couldn't completely avoid contact.

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There were more penalties later on on the period, including one drawn by Ryan Kesler on Willie Mitchell for a very light cross check. With just over seven minutes remaining in the period, Dustin Penner went to the box for charging. On the ensuing power play, Vancouver was relentless. They held the puck in the zone well after Penner got out of the box, creating numerous chances over a three-minute period. Sedin incredibly played this sequence in its entirety, spending more than two consecutive minutes on the ice. He put in a brilliant shift, but Quick was better, stopping every shot that the Canucks put on net to keep the game scoreless.

For more on the Canucks, visit Nucks Misconduct. For updates on the Kings, check out Jewels From the Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Scoreless After One Period

It's been a relatively uneventful first period between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks, which probably suits the team with the 2-0 series lead and the hot goalie just fine. Even so, the Kings did have two power plays in the first period and didn't exactly show any kind of sense of urgency in either. They killed both of those penalties easily, including one at the end of the period, and could have a bit of momentum heading into the first intermission tied 0-0.

The Kings have managed just five total shots on goal so far, even though the had two power plays. Vancouver also had a power play early in the period after Dustin Brown was called for elbowing, but Jonathan Quick came up big on the kill. Quick was good throughout the period, making 10 saves in total.

Cory Schneider has technically been an improvement over Roberto Luongo thus far, but the Canucks goalie has hardly been tested. The pressure isn't on the Kings to attack in this series, but they might want to try getting the puck to the net against a goalie who didn't start the first two games.

For more on the Canucks, visit Nucks Misconduct. For updates on the Kings, check out Jewels From the Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Kings Vs. Canucks Game 3: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Los Angeles Kings are halfway to shocking the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference playoffs. Can they win the next two games at home to pull off the sweep? It all starts on Sunday.

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