NHL: Vancouver Canucks pile on misery for Los Angeles Kings
Defending Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings suffered another defeat going down 1-0 at Vancouver Canucks.
Last Updated: 24/03/13 10:39am
Goaltender Cory Schneider notched his sixth career shutout with 20 saves as the hosts secured the win when Mason Raymond caught Kings rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin napping in the first period.
It was Vancouver's third successive triumph while the Kings extended their miserable run and notched up their scoreless streak to six straight periods.
In Minnesota, Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu each had two assists and Niklas Backstrom stopped 33 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Wild defeated San Jose Sharks 2-0.
Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for the Wild as they racked up their fifth consecutive victory to cement their top-spot in the Northwest Division.
For the slumping Sharks, it was their seventh loss in the last nine games, and only the third time they've been shut out this season.
Thomas Vanek scored twice while Ryan Miller made 37 saves as the Buffalo Sabres handed Montreal only its second regulation loss in 20 games with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens.
Having missed Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over Toronto, Vanek returned to score on a two-man advantage in the middle period and put Buffalo up 2-0 with his second goal of the game late in the second.
The result was a big blow for Montreal who held a 38-18 advantage in shots, including 16-5 in the third, while Michael Ryder scored on a power-play in the third to ruin Miller's shutout bid.