Kings Double Up Canucks, 4-2, Take 1-0 Series Lead

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0  Updated at 2:48 am, April 12th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images(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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