Penner's goal lifts Kings over Canucks

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 3:00 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — 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 Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Dustin Brown added an empty net goal in the final minute for the final margin. 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.

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