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Samuelsson scores in shootout, leads Canucks to 2-1 win over Kings

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Vancouver Canucks right wing Mikael Samuelsson, left, shoots the puck as Los Angeles Kings defenceman Sean O\'Donnell blocks it with his body during the first period. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mark J. Terrill) Author: The Hockey News

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Samuelsson scores in shootout, leads Canucks to 2-1 win over Kings

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LOS ANGELES - Mikael Samuelsson scored in the first period and again in the third round of the shootout, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Andrew Raycroft made 30 saves in his first start of the season for the Canucks, who have won four of five after a slow start.

After Ryan Kesler scored for Vancouver in the first round, Jack Johnson answered for Los Angeles in the second. Raycroft made a pad save on Ryan Smyth before Samuelsson beat Jonathan Quick with the winner.

Scott Parse scored his first NHL goal in the first period for the Kings, who have earned a point in six straight games despite consecutive 2-1 shootout losses. Los Angeles fell just short of a franchise-record nine victories in October.

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