Dustin Penner scored the game-winning goal with 3:14 remaining in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, at Rogers Arena in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Mike Richards registered a goal and two assists for the Kings, who are meeting Vancouver in the first round for the second time in three years.
Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made half of his 24 saves over the final 20 minutes.
The defending conference champion Canucks got goals from Alexandre Burrows and Alexander Edler.
Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots for the two-time Presidents' Trophy winners, who played without Daniel Sedin (concussion).