Canucks lose to Kings after shootout in China

Vancouver tied the score 3-3 in the third period with a goal from Chris Tanev

The Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to win both of the NHL’s first preseason games in China.

Saturday’s game in Beijing caps a push by the National Hockey League to popularize the sport in China ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Game MVP Jake Muzzin opened the scoring for the Kings in the first period.

Vancouver tied the score 3-3 in the third period with a goal from Chris Tanev but after a scoreless overtime, Jonny Brodzinski sealed the win for the Kings.

Organizers put attendance at almost 13,000, including many drawn from the Chinese capital’s expatriate population.

Kings coach John Stevens said time would tell if the games succeeded in boosting hockey’s profile in the country of almost 1.3 billion people, where table tennis, badminton, football and basketball are already hugely popular. But Stevens said the experience benefited both sides.

READ MORE: NHL staging preseason games in China

READ MORE: Canucks drop China opener to LA Kings

“I think in order to grow the game, you’ve got to start by exposing the game, and it’s my hope that we made big inroads in doing that,” Stevens said.

Canucks coach Travis Green said the league was firmly focused on China’s youth.

“I hope that we’ve made an impact,” he said.

Muzzin was among the many who said they’d been blown away by a visit to the Great Wall of China. The overall experience seemed to have a positive effect on his performance, which Muzzin said had “flourished these couple of games here.”

The Kings won the first game in Shanghai on Thursday 5-2.

The Associated Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mission Secondary Theatre presents Mamma Mia!

Production takes place at the Clarke Theatre from Feb. 27 to Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. each night

SLIDESHOW: Abbotsford’s fourth annual Open Mosque Day

Abbotsford Islamic Centre opens its doors to educate others

Two prolific offenders from Alberta lead RCMP on chase across Fraser Valley

Men first reported in Chilliwack ending with allegedly stolen vehicle in an Abbotsford pond

Arson charge laid in connection to Mission Canadian Tire fire

Charges of Arson with disregard for human life have been laid against 26-year-old Quince Chalifoux

Suspect rams Mission RCMP while attempting to flee

Integrated Police Dog Service called in to help locate and take man into custody

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Winds up to 70 km/hr expected across Metro Vancouver

Winds are expected to subside overnight

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Fraser Health warns some schools of possible COVID-19 exposure

A sixth COVID-19 patient is a woman in her 30s in the Fraser Health region who recently returned from Iran

High-risk sex offender cuts off ankle bracelet, on the loose in Vancouver: police

Vancouver police said Kirstjon Olson, 38, is a provincial sex offender with 27 court-ordered conditions

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read