Daily Archives: May 7, 2012
The Kings got the sellout L.A. crowd out of their seats before many had even got to their seats as Jordan Nolan turned a Blues turnover into a Kings goal 4:36 into the opening frame.
Following a Kevin Shattenkirk goal tied the game and the first period was coming close to an end Anze Kopitar found longtime King, Dustin Brown, who managed to slip the puck past Blues goaltender Brian Elliott for a 2-1 Kings lead they never relinquished.
Quick made 23 saves on a day when the Blues challenged him, but the goaltender continued his stellar play he has displayed this postseason en route to a saving nearly 95% of all the shots he has faced.
The Kings await the winner from the Phoenix and Nashville series. Phoenix currently holds the edge over Nashville 3-1 and may know their opponent if the Coyotes can defeat the Predators Monday night.
Entering the playoffs as a decided underdog, the Kings have the confidence and momentum for a possible run into the Cup Finals. Knocking out the top two teams in the West is evidence of that.
Not only do the Kings possess the talent and coaching to win it all, but also the ability to rise to the occasion and make big shots and big saves without letting the moment get the best of them has been tantamount to their success thus far.
Hockey’s version of Cinderella still has time before their magical run comes to an end.
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