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NHL roundup: Los Angeles Kings knock off St. Louis Blues in playoff series opener

By R.B. Fallstrom

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 11:51 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) deflects a shot as St. Louis Blues' Andy McDonald gives chase during the second period of Game 1 in a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Matt Greene scored shorthanded late in the second period for the lead and Jonathan Quick was strong in net throughout as the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in the opener of a Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.

Slava Voynov scored for his first point of the postseason and Dustin Penner added an empty-netter for the Kings, who were 3-0 on the road while taking down the President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in five games in the first round. Los Angeles is the eighth seed in the conference but won the season series 3-1.

David Perron opened the scoring on a deflection in the first period for the Blues, the No. 2 seed in the West and the top remaining seed in the conference.

St. Louis also lost the opener of the first round in double-overtime against the Sharks, before recovering to win four straight.

Brian Elliott made 26 saves for the Blues, who had a franchise-record 30 home victories during the regular season.

RANGERS 3, CAPITALS 1: At New York, Rangers rookie Chris Kreider scored the go-ahead goal and then set up Brad Richards' insurance tally 90 seconds later in the third period to lift New York to a victory over the Capitals in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Kreider, who earlier this month helped Boston College win the NCAA championship, scored his second goal of his NHL career — and these playoffs — and he did it at the perfect time to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead 7:00 into the third. Richards made it a two-goal lead off a feed from Kreider, and gave a two-fisted punch into the glass behind goalie Braden Holtby to celebrate his third goal of the playoffs.

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