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Canucks cap off first road trip with 3-0 shutout win over Kings

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Adam Cracknell, Alex Edler and Derek Dorsett scored for the Canucks while Ryan Miller delivered his first shutout of the year.

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Last season, the Canucks struggled to figure out how to beat Jonathan Quick. That wasn't the case on Tuesday night as the Canucks defeated the Kings 3-0 at the Staples Center.

Adam Cracknell and Alex Edler scored for the Canucks (Derek Dorsett added a late empty netter) while Ryan Miller delivered the 35th shutout of his career as Vancouver improved to 3-0-1 to start the year, all against division opponents. Miller made 28 saves on the night.

Early in the first period, Brandon Prust dropped the gloves with Andy Andreoff after some bumping and chirping. With the fight, Prust surpassed the mark of 1,000 career penalty minutes.

Vancouver had one of their better chances when Derek Dorsett skated into the zone on a 2-on-1 rush, trying to go up and over the left shoulder of Jonathan Quick, but Quick was able to get his glove up and snatch the shot out of the air.

As expected, Jake Virtanen was showing a lot of energy in his NHL debut.

Early in the second period, Adam Cracknell scored his second goal in as many games, beating Johnathan Quick with a nifty one-timer.

The Canucks added to their lead later in the second period as Alex Edler blasted a slapshot from the point, putting the Canucks up 2-0 at 13:22. Alex Burrows did a nice job retrieving the puck out of the corner to help set up the goal.

And it wouldn't be Canucks hockey without making fun of another botched Jannik Hansen breakaway. I knew there was something missing from my life.

Through two periods, the Canucks were dominating the game offensively, outshooting the Kings 20-9.

As a side note, in case you didn't notice this during Dan Murphy's interview with Virtanen's parents, there was an...odd moment to say the least.

You do you, dude. You do you.

Early in the third period, the Kings brought some pressure on net, registering three shots in about 30 seconds, nearly cutting Vancouver's lead in half.

Ryan Miller stood his ground, delivering a shutout performance for the Canucks. Derek Dorsett capped off the night with an empty net goal as the Canucks defeated the Kings 3-0.

The Canucks now head home to face the St. Louis Blues on Friday night at Rogers Arena, with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 PM PT on Sportsnet Vancouver.