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Kings pull surprise, win in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Goals from unexpected sources put the Los Angeles Kings in position for another road triumph. Jonathan Quick -- no surprise there -- made those scores stand up.

Matt Greene scored his first career playoff goal short-handed late in the second period and rookie Slava Voynov also got his first of the playoffs as the Kings beat the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, in the opener of a Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.

"It's definitely a great feeling to be able to chip in and help out a little bit," Greene said. "But we have a lot of work to do."

Quick, who shut out the Blues twice in the regular season, made 28 saves and is 5-1 in the postseason with a 1.55 goals-against average. He was at his best in the first period, charging from the crease to stuff a backhander by B.J. Crombeen and also stopped a wraparound attempt by Patrik Berglund.

"It was a great win," Quick said. "We get to enjoy it for five minutes and then focus on Monday."

Game Two is Monday night in St. Louis.

The Blues, the West's No. 2 seed, could be without defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who didn't play in the third period after getting his head driven into the boards by Dwight King behind the St. Louis net on the penalty that led to the short-handed goal. Coach Ken Hitchcock seemed to indicate Pietrangelo had concussion symptoms.

Dustin Penner added an empty-netter for the eighth-seeded Kings, who were 3-0 on the road taking down President's Trophy-winning Vancouver in the first round.