Dustin Penner scored with 3:14 left in the third period to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in the opener of their...

Share story

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Dustin Penner scored with 3:14 left in the third period to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in the opener of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday night.

Penner had gone the last nine games of the regular season without a goal. The winger capitalized after Mike Richards’ pass went off Jeff Carter’s skate, and Penner whipped the puck past Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Dustin Brown added an empty-net goal in the final minute. Richards and Willie Mitchell also scored for the Kings, who secured a playoff berth with three games left in the regular season.

Alex Burrows and Alex Edler scored for the Canucks.

This week, save 90% on digital access.

The Kings outshot the Canucks 39-26. Los Angeles converted two of eight power plays, while the Canucks were blanked on five.

The Canucks finished first overall in the NHL for the second straight season with a 51-22-9 record, while the Kings finished eighth in the Western Conference with a 40-27-15 mark, but the Kings controlled most of the play in the first two periods.

The Canucks hung in as the score was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after the second.

Game 2 is Friday night in Vancouver.

Canucks star Daniel Sedin remained out with a concussion. He missed his 10th straight game.

Other games

Flyers 4, at Penguins 3 (OT)

Jakub Voracek beat Marc-Andre Fleury from in close 2:23 into overtime to give Philadelphia a comeback victory over Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series.

Fleury stopped Matt Read’s shot from the corner, but Voracek pounced on the rebound to cap a furious rally from a 3-0 deficit.

“It was a lucky bounce for me but I’ll take it,” Voracek said after scoring his first career playoff goal.

Daniel Briere scored twice, and Brayden Schenn added a goal in his playoff debut. Ilya Brzygalov settled down after a shaky start to finish with 25 saves.

Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis scored for the Penguins, and Fleury stopped 22 shots, but Pittsburgh struggled after dominating the first period.

At Predators 3, Red Wings 2

Gabriel Bourque scored two goals in his postseason debut, and Nashville beat Detroit in Game 1 of the Western Conference series.

Paul Gaustad scored his first postseason goal and Pekka Rinne made 35 saves. The Predators started at home after edging Detroit for the No. 4 seed, and they started their third postseason series against their Central Division rivals with their first win in the opener.

Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom scored power-play goals for Detroit.


• The Colorado Avalanche rewarded coach Joe Sacco with a two-year extension even in the wake of the team missing the playoffs for a second straight season.

• The St. Louis Blues announced Jaroslav Halak would start in goal in the playoff opener against the San Jose Sharks.

• Boston Bruins first-line right wing Nathan Horton will miss the Stanley Cup playoffs because of concussion-related symptoms.

Custom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.