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Defenceman Bieksa scores go-ahead goal as Canucks defeat Kings 3-2

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Vancouver Canucks centre Trevor Linden, left, takes the puck away from Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brent Sopel in the second period. (AP Photo/Mark Avery) Author: The Hockey News

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Defenceman Bieksa scores go-ahead goal as Canucks defeat Kings 3-2

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Brendan Morrison scored on a power play and Trevor Linden also had a goal for the Northwest Division leaders, who are 19-3-3 since Dec. 26 and 11-1-1 in their last 13 road games. Roberto Luongo made 31 saves. John Zeiler scored his first NHL goal and Lubomir Visnovsky connected on a power play for the Kings.

The Canucks, who came in with the league's top penalty-killing percentage, were short-handed eight times. It was the 12th time this season they have had to kill eight or more power plays in a game, and their record in those contests is 8-4.

Bieksa got the winner on a long wrist shot from the slot that beat Mathieu Garon high to the glove side, after Markus Naslund fed him the puck from the right circle. It was his 10th goal of the season.

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Defenceman Bieksa scores go-ahead goal as Canucks defeat Kings 3-2