Hit The Ice Round 2: L.A. Kings vs. St. Louis Blues
So far this postseason, the Black and White Battalion was able to turn away one of the West's strongest squadrons, the Vancouver Canucks. AND with the President's Trophy winners out of the picture, a new contender emerged: the St. Louis Blues.
The 8th-ranked Kings were back on the road to take on the league's second-best team. And St. Louis drew first blood when Blues captain David Backus scored midway through the first period.
Later in the period, it was the child prodigy from ChelabInsk, Slava Voynov, who scored his first career playoff goal to tie the game for Los Angeles.
The Blues continued to try and rattle Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, but he repeatedly proved there was plenty of fight left in the Monster from Milford.
After Dwight King was called for boarding late in the second period, the Blues were looking to connect with the man advantage. That's when Capt. America Dustin Brown intervened, intercepting the puck deep in the Kings zone and skated the length of the ice, crashing the net. Blues netminder Brian Elliott couldn't handle the puck, allowing the Grand Marshal from Grand Ledge, Michigan, Matt Greene to pop in the puck for his first career playoff goal.
The goal didn't sit well with the Blues, who decided to play eye for an eye, a move that didn't too well with the Kings commandant, Darryl Sutter.
As time was winding down, the Blues pulled Elliot for the ewxtra attacker. That left the door open for the Manitoba Miscreant, Dustin Penner, who sent the puck careening across the ice, caroming off the far board and into the net for an empty netter, securing another road win for Los Angeles.
Game Two was 48 hours later, and the Blues hoped they would be able to reload and refocus for their opponents.
But less than a minute into the fight, The Commando from Kenora, Mike Richards scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the Kings an early lead.
Then it was the Slovenian Stunner, Anze Kopitar, who took a pass from Dustin Brown and completely broke Elliott's ankles with a short-handed goal to make it 2-nothing.
Then Jeff The Cannon Carter who snapped a shot past Elliott to add to Los Angeles lead.
A minute later, Kopitar struck again, this time on a backhander to bury the Blues with a 4-0 lead.
While the Blues attempted to stay within the game, with goals by McDonald and D'Agostini, the Kings continue to manhandle the Blues, serving up a wedgie in a complete 5-2 domination.
Both squads then headed West to the City of Angels to square off for Game 3. But changing locations did little for the overmatched Blues.
Justin Williams was just incredible as he scored HIS second goal of the playoffs to give the lead to L.A.
St. Louis scratched their way back in when Chris Stewart's second period tally gave the Blues some hope.
But less than a minute later, that hope was dashed when the rookie, Dwight King lifted the Kings with his wicked wrister to make it 2-1.
Throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Kings power play was anything but. They had gone oh-for 30 with the man advantage. But that all changed when The Commando from Kenora, Mike Richards, scored to give the Kings a 2-goal lead.
Chris Stewart scored his second of the game on a last-ditch effort to try and ignite the slumbering St. Louis squad. But all light was extinguished when Drew Doughty's shot trickled through Elliott's legs to give the Lords of Los Angeles a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
All the momentum was with the Saviors of Staples Center as the two forces met for the last time three days later. And it was one of the FNG's that made his mark early.
Jordan Nolan, the seventh rounder from St. Catherine's, charged the net and scored on a slapper in the slot to stake his squad to an early lead.
The Blues were able to muster a response, however, this time when Kevin Shattenkirk stymied Quick to tie the game.
But it is in the the heat of battle when you look to your leaders. And that is what happened when Cap Brown shot a long range missile that evaded Elliott to give the lead back to Los Angeles.
As opportunity was running out for St. Louis, the Kings held off each advance. And with Elliott on the bench, the Kings completed their mission, as Cap Brown slid the puck into the empty net for the capper.
The sweep was complete. The Royal Regiment had dispatched the contenders from the Central Division in four games, the first playoff sweep in franchise history. And for the first time in 19 years, the team finds themselves playing in the Western Conference Finals.
Awaiting them are their familiar Pacific Division foes: those wily Coyotes from Phoenix. L.A.'s Road Warriors will now load up for their treacherous trek into the hyena's lair to decide who gets the honor to play for Lord Stanley's Cup.
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