Los Angeles Kings outclass the Canucks in a 4-2 playoff victory at Rogers Arena
The Vancouver Canucks have lost their first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs, minus star scorer Daniel Sedin, who was out with a concussion.
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Canucks 4-2 in a penalty-marred match at Rogers Arena, thanks to a goal at 16:46 in the third period by Dustin Penner, followed by an empty-netter by Dustin Brown.
On the winning goal, Mike Richards kept the puck from being cleared, passing it to Jeff Carter, who redirected it to Penner.
Things were looking bright for the home team when Alex Burrows opened the scoring on a wrist shot at 4:17 of the first period. But the Kings tied the game less than 10 minutes later on a power-play goal by Richards, who was acquired in the off-season.
In the first period, the Canucks were two men short on two occasions. Then in the second period, Byron Bitz was given a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct.
That led to the Kings' second power-play goal—a shot from the point by former Canuck Willie Mitchell, which tipped off the stick of Jannik Hansen. Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was screened as the puck sailed over his right shoulder.
The Kings dominated the Canucks through two periods, outshooting the Presidents' Trophy winners 29-14. But a goal by Alex Edler with 7.3 seconds left in the second frame tied the score.
The Canucks were in a position to put the game away after the Kings' Jordan Nolan received a slashing penalty at 13:55. But they couldn't get the puck past goalie Jonathan Quick, marking the fifth consecutive power play in which the home team was kept off the scoresheet.
The Kings outshot the Canucks 39-26. Roberto Luongo played a solid game in the nets for the home team, but it wasn't enough.
Game 2 will be played on Friday (April 13) at Rogers Arena.