If Mike Richards was having a tough season, you'd never have known it in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Canucks

Richards had a part in three of the Los Angeles Kings' goals – including creating the late winner in a 4-2 win over the Canucks.

Richards blocked Canuck defenceman Alex Edler's clearing attempt at the Vancouver blueline, passed the puck to Jeff Carter off whose skate it went to Dustin Penner for the winner at 16:46. Dustin Brown scored into the empty net to complete the scoring.

The Kings centre also mixed it up with several Canucks all game and laid a thunderous hit on Alex Burrows at the Vancouver blueline late in the game with Roberto Luongo out for an extra attacker.