Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal in the final second of the second period, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings beat the visiting St. Louis Blues 2-1 to win their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series in six games.
LOS ANGELES — Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal in the final second of the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday night.
Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and Drew Doughty scored his first goal of the postseason for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won four straight to finish off fourth-seeded St. Louis.
Penner put the Kings ahead with his latest big playoff goal, ripping a slap shot from just inside the blue line past Brian Elliott shortly before time expired in the second. The puck hit St. Louis defenseman Roman Polak’s stick.
Penner fell out of favor with coach Darryl Sutter during the regular season, repeatedly sitting out as a healthy scratch.
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Elliott stopped 14 shots and Chris Porter scored his first career playoff goal for the Blues, who were eliminated by Los Angeles for the second straight season, this time despite taking a 2-0 series lead.
Los Angeles has won 10 straight games at Staples Center since March, and its sellout crowd roared as the Kings became the first Stanley Cup champions in three years to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Every game in this bitter, physical series was decided by one goal, and Quick allowed a mere 10 goals.
The Blues won the first two at home, but the Kings regrouped to win a playoff series after trailing 2-0 for the second time in franchise history.
At Caps 2, Rangers 1 (OT)
Mike Ribeiro of Washington scored 9:24 into overtime, giving the Capitals a 3-2 lead in the East first-round series. Game 6 is Sunday in New York.
The home team has won each game in the series.
Maple Leafs 2, at Bruins 1
Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored and James Reimer stopped 43 shots to help Toronto beat Boston and reduce the Bruins’ lead in the East series to 3-2.
Game 6 is Sunday in Toronto. Boston has won both games of this series in Toronto and hasn’t lost on the Maple Leafs’ home ice in the playoffs since 1959.
At Red Wings 4,
Ducks 3 (OT)
Henrik Zetterberg of Detroit scored his second goal 1:04 into overtime, forcing a Game 7 in the West first-round series Sunday night in Anaheim. Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan scored 51 seconds apart late in regulation to pull the Ducks into a 3-3 tie.