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Kings Keep On Getting Better

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Darryl Sutter’s squad has the look of a team that is planning to play into June. There are no passengers on this club right now. Every player on this team finishes checks, blocks shots and pays the price to get into the hard areas of the ice.

No. 8 seeds? Puh-lease. Talk about false advertising. These guys should have won the Pacific Division.

“We’ve always known what we had,” said veteran Kings forward Jarret Stoll, the OT hero in their series-clinching win over Vancouver. “We’ve always known what kind of players we had and what kind of team we could have. We just kept pushing, staying positive, never got too down. You know, you just have to peak at the right time. We’ve all seen it before with teams that have done well. It’s not always the team that wins the Presidents’ Trophy that wins the Cup.”

The one-two punch at center of Anze Kopitar and Richards is proving unrelenting in its offensive pressure, yet at the same time stellar for its defensive prowess. It’s 200 feet of pure dominance for the top two lines of the Kings.

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Video- My Best Of The Night

Best goal of the night, no doubt, Anze Kopitar’s shorty against the Blues followed below by the best hit of the night from T.J. Oshie on Dustin Penner.

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What Do The Blues Do Now?

Down 0-2 as they head to Los Angeles.

Scoring has become a problem and they 0-for on the power play this series too.

The Kings on the other hand, just need to keep doing what they have been.  Don’t get too fancy or think you have the game won before hitting the ice.

Watch the highlights of the 5-2 win tonight.

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Open Post- One Game In The East, One In The West

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Discuss both game in the comments if you’d like.  I say this is more of a must win game for the Blues than the Capitals, since a loss would drop the Blues to 0-2 with both being home losses.

 

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The Good Guys Win If Pietrangelo Plays Tonight

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

* If Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo can play in Game 2, which now seems possible, it will be a terrific triumph for the Blues, and an uplifting development in this series. If Petro can play, the Kings would have failed in the attempt to rub him out. And the Blues will have regained the services of their best all-around player. More than that, this comes down to a matter of right and wrong. The NHL has lost its moral compass, allowing predators to pick off the sports’ most skilled players—with only the occasional, meaningful punishment. And that’s so wrong on so many levels, it makes you sick. Well, if Pietrangelo can make it back, it’s a small victory for the good guys. The kids like Petro who are the youngest, brightest and best that this sport has to offer.

* Think about this, however: with the NHL looking the other way and allowing Dwight King to get away with his attempt to take Pietrangelo out, what do the Kings have planned if Pietrangelo returns? He may be vulnerable. You don’t think they’re talking about that on the LA side today? Please.

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Kings Believe In Themselves

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

While St. Louis was flying around them, the Kings’ players repeated the same talking points that have pushed them this far. Keep working hard. Keep finishing checks, and believe at some point it’s going to turn.

It’s one thing to say it, but these Kings now truly believe it. Captain Dustin Brown said these seeds of confidence were planted during a stretch of home games in mid-March. The Kings beat the Red Wings. They doubled up the Predators. They crushed the Sharks and found a way to beat the Blues 1-0 in a shootout. A Los Angeles team that should have been good all season started to realize it really was.

For Quick, the team confidence grew even more when the Kings found a way to make the playoffs down the stretch, earning crucial point after crucial point until they finally clinched a spot.

Then came a first-round series win against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks, and the Kings’ confidence is now entrenched.

“What it comes down to is aside from hard work, talent, skill and determination, it’s just a belief. A belief in yourself,” said Dustin Penner, whose fantastic pass to Slava Voynov set up the Kings’ first goal of the game. “It’s a belief in your teammates and a belief in the system you’re playing. Just knowing you’re going to get that huge save, that big block and timely goal—just believing that.”

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Video- Should This Hit Been More Than Two Minutes?

Dwight King received 2 for boarding for this hit on Alex Pietrangelo who did not return to the game.

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Home Ice Advantage Swings To The Kings After They Beat The Blues

The LA Kings continued to play a tight, defensive game and it lead to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues tonight.

Defenseman Matt Greene had the game-winning goal, as he joined Dustin Brown on a shorthanded rush and was left alone in front of the next after the original shot was stopped by Brian Elliott.

added 10:23pm, Watch the Greene goal below, this time Chris Cuthbert of TSN with the call.

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Two Games Today, One In the East, One In The West

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I am looking forward to both games today.

Washington has a little more offensive firepower than the Rangers but the Capitals could be shut down by the defense of New York.

To me, the key to the series is Marian Gaborik, how he goes, the Rangers go.

Kings/Blues may be the most physical series of the Conference Semi-Finals.  A lot of big bodies on the ice for both teams, this should be a seven game series.

Key to this series is the goaltending of Quick.

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We Are About To See The Best Of The Blues And Kings

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If the players thought the atmosphere ramped up in Round 1, it will only intensify now that the field has been whittled down to four teams in the Western Conference and four in the Eastern Conference.

“You wake up this morning and there are 22 teams out and there are eight in ... that’s significant,” said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who has been in the second round six times in his coaching career, winning one Stanley Cup. “That’s a lot of teams out, a lot of good teams are not playing. Especially in the West, I’m sure all four teams think this is the best chance we might ever have to get to the finals. When you get down to eight teams, it really boils down to who wants to play and who wants to play the longest.

“I’ve always said the first two rounds are the best two rounds because you’re the freshest, you’re the healthiest. I believe the third and fourth rounds become survival for both teams. But I think these first two rounds are the best two rounds, period. The hockey in this round will be even better than the first round.”

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