April 12, 2012 8:20 am

The Key Three: April 11

Jeff Carter had to laugh at a reporter’s keen postgame observation. For a couple weeks, Carter’s foot has been a predominant topic of discussion, and after Game 1, everyone was again talking about Carter’s foot. A different foot, for a different reason. Carter used his skate to deflect a puck toward Dustin Penner, and Penner scored with 3:14 remaining in regulation to lift the Kings to a huge Game 1 victory over Vancouver. Don’t exhale just yet. It takes four wins to claim a series, and the Canucks aren’t going away. And, at some point, they will probably get Daniel Sedin back.

That said, the Kings did the only thing they could do last night: they won, and they put massive pressure on the Canucks heading into Friday’s Game 2. The Kings certainly have some areas of improvement going forward, and if Kyle Clifford is out of action, they will have a hole to fill, but in an intense, physical game, in front of a hostile crowd, the Kings got the job done. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: April 11

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