Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes (43) and Los Angeles Kings’ Carl Grundstrom, back, of Sweden, collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday March 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Hughes Clues: Canucks rookie offers glimpse of future in 3-2 win over Kings

Defenceman shines as Vancouver beats L.A. in shootout

VANCOUVER — Tanner Pearson scored in the fourth round of the shootout and the Vancouver Canucks kept their faint playoff hopes alive Thursday night with a 3-2 win over the L.A. Kings.

Brock Boeser and Alex Edler scored in regulation for the Canucks (33-35-10), who are seven points behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the West with four games to play.

Quinn Hughes, selected seventh overall by Vancouver in 2018, earned an assist in his NHL debut.

Austin Wagner and Adrian Kempe put up goals for the Kings (28-41-8).

Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko made 37 saves in regulation and Jonathan Quick stopped 36-of-38 shots for L.A.

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Canucks.

L.A. opened the scoring 12:56 into the first period after Wagner poked the puck at Demko from the side of the net.

The goalie flattened out in his crease but couldn’t contain the rebound. Instead, it popped out to a waiting Wagner who chipped the puck up, off the crossbar and in.

Vancouver responded on the power play midway through the second frame after Kings right-winger Carl Grundstrom was called for interference.

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson got the puck to Edler at the point and the veteran defenceman sniped a laser between Quick and the post.

The tally was the 94th of Edler’s career, making him the Canucks’ franchise leader for goals by a defenceman. The hometown crowd stood and cheered the 32-year-old blueliner as the feat was announced.

It was the Canucks’ newest defenceman who set up the club’s second goal of the night less than a minute later.

Hughes deked out Kings centre Tyler Lewis below the L.A. goal line, escaping his check and gaining time and space to get back out front and put a shot on net.

His attempt ricocheted off the post to Boeser, who fired a speedy wrist shot in past Quick top shelf.

Kempe tied the score up again 11:47 into the third period after Canucks left-winger Loui Eriksson turned the puck over in the defensive zone.

Lewis picked it up and sliced a cross-ice pass to Kempe at the hash marks and the Kings centre sent a wrist shot sailing past Demko.

The young Vancouver trio of Hughes, Boeser and Pettersson put on a show in overtime but the future faces of the franchise couldn’t bury the puck.

The Canucks will be back on action on Saturday, hosting the Dallas Stars.

The Chicago Blackhawks will visit the Kings the same night.

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NOTES: Dustin Brown played his 1,112th game for the Kings on Thursday, setting a new franchise record. The 34-year-old right-winger passed Dave Taylor. After spending his entire playing career with the Kings, Taylor became the team’s general manager and drafted Brown 13th overall in 2003. … Vancouver defenceman Ben Hutton returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a fractured foot.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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