(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — The Los Angeles Kings were one of the last teams to secure a playoff berth, but on Wednesday night, they showed they weren’t playing with any house money against the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks.
Dustin Penner’s goal with 3:14 left in the third period gave the Kings a 3-2 lead.
“We came out strong,” Penner said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew they were going to come out hitting and we were a well-prepared group here. We did a lot of video and we’re a really focused group right now.”
Los Angeles also outshot the Canucks, 39-26 in the win.
“We wanted to have a good start in a tough building, and we did that,” said Kings coach Darryl Sutter.
Two of the four goals for the Kings came courtesy of the power play. The Canucks were 0-5 on their power play opportunities.
“They played a better overall game than we did tonight. You’ve got to give them credit,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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