Video: Watch Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter's Soccer Style Assist

By Steve Palumbo

The Los Angeles Kings lead their best-of-seven series with the Vancouver Canucks one game to none, thanks in part to Jeff Carter’s quick thinking and quick feet, literally.

Dustin Penner scored the winning goal with 3:14 left in the third period propelling the Kings over the top-seeded Canucks 4-2 in the opener of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Penner was able to put down the pancakes long enough to find himself on the receiving end of a very nifty pass from Carter. Penner had gone the last nine games of the regular season without a goal, but it won’t be him or the goal people are talking about tomorrow – it will be the set-up from Carter.

Mike Richards intercepted a terrible clearing attempt by the Canucks. He then passed to Carter, who deflected to puck with his skates over to a wide-open Penner for the easy tap-in past a stunned Roberto Louongo.

Did Carter mean to do it? I say he did.

If you watch the video closely, It’s easy to see that it was the only play Carter had. Had he tried to get his stick on the puck the play would have been broken up by Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler. Instead he deftly directed the biscuit with his feet. Even Kings color man, Jim Fox, pointed out the fact that Carter had no other options.

Dustin Brown added an empty net goal to secure the win.

The Canucks concluded the regular season as the NHL’s best team for the second straight season with a 51-22-9 record, while the Kings finished 16 points behind them as the eighth seed in the West, but all that goes out the window now. L.A. just stole home ice advantage from Vancouver.

If the Canucks lose this series, they could look back at this game, especially Carter’s assist and kick themselves – literally.

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