There was disorder and chaos most of Monday as the
The Kings beat the Canucks, 1-0, in one of the more strange, fight-filled games here this season, a game pleasing mostly to fans of "old-time hockey" and the close relatives of the referees, eager to see them get more TV time.
After 40 minutes of scoreless play, Kings captain
Recording his 27th career shutout was Kings goalie
The Kings are 4-0 against Vancouver this season, and this game had a heightened level of intensity. The root of Monday's hostilities could be traced back to the Kings-Canucks game at Staples Center on Jan. 4, and, in fact, to Brown, who scored the game-winner.
Brown earned the ire of the Canucks and Vancouver General Manager
"For whatever reason, they were mad at me for getting knocked into their goalie," Brown said. "It's nice to score but more important, it's nice to win.
"You go tied 0-0 into the third against that team, that's two points behind us, and the emotion of the game, I think it's something we can rally around."
Brown was not surprised by the Canucks' emotion. The Kings could not capitalize on their power-play chances, going 0-7.
"I don't know. When their GM speaks in the media, I'm sure they're going to react that way," Brown said of the physical nature of the game.
Vancouver and the Kings were scoreless through two periods, combining for 103 penalty minutes. They combined for 109 penalty minutes overall.
Said Quick: "It's usually like that when we play these guys. They're a tough team. We've developed a bit of a rivalry over the years."
That, and the words after the Jan. 4 game left little doubt that someone would address this issue on the ice with Brown. The biggest surprise was that it took until the second period when Canucks center
Said Brown: "Oh … it is what it is."
Presumably, they can hug it out when they are Olympic teammates for Team USA in Sochi, Russia.
There were five fighting majors handed out, three to the Canucks and two to the Kings. Canucks enforcer
Nolan summed it up best, in his TV interview, saying: "We just don't like them very much."