Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Finishing Strong: McCann, Miller Lead Canucks over Playoff-Bound Kings 3-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Finishing Strong: McCann, Miller Lead Canucks over Playoff-Bound Kings 3-2

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McCann, Miller lead Canucks over Kings

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks are hoping wins now translate into success down the road.

Jared McCann scored the winner and Ryan Miller made 40 saves, including 20 in the third period, as the Canucks downed the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.

Vancouver was eliminated from playoff contention late last month during an 0-8-1 slid, but the season was lost long ago for an underachieving club decimated by injuries.

The Canucks picked up their first three-game winning streak of the campaign after eight failed attempts thanks to back-to-back road victories over the playoff-bound San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks last week, and Monday's triumph over the Kings.

"We're happy with the wins, but we know where we stand," said Miller. "We know it's not good enough and we're on the outside looking in. At least on my part, I feel like there's a foundation."

Veteran forward Jannik Hansen said closing out strong will hopefully keep bad habits from creeping in, especially with the younger players, as the Canucks look to next season.

"You're playing for jobs, opportunities, families, lives," said Hansen, who scored to tie the game 2-2 in the second period. "You can't do that to your teammates if you just check out and say 'OK we'll see you in October.' You have to approach the games like it matters."

But Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, who stood up and answered questions night after night as the losses mounted, cautioned not to read too much into this late surge.

"It would have been nice to get it earlier," he said. "We've got three games to go and we're out of it, so it doesn't mean much. We're playing better hockey and that's a good sign. (But) if you think you've got a good thing going and you're out of (playoffs), you've got to try stay away from that a little bit and be careful."

Emerson Etem had the other goal for Vancouver (30-36-13), which had lost five straight in regulation at home dating back to March 12.

Tyler Toffoli and Kyle Clifford had the goals for the visitors as Los Angeles (46-28-5) dropped a fifth straight game on the road in regulation while falling to 2-6-0 over its last eight. …

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