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Discuss: Quick outduels Elliott in series opener

Apr 28, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 28: Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings skates with the puck as he is chased by Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on April 28, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock suggested that this series might not be as much of a low-scoring affair as people are predicting. Perhaps not, but Game 1 at least was the goaltending duel that almost everyone anticipated it would be.

Jonathan Quick and Brian Elliott allowed a combined three goals and the Kings also got an empty netter in their 3-1 victory over St. Louis.

Here’s a few post-game notes:

  1. mickeyb21 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Difficult to mount a comeback while in the box that much in the third. Also difficult for the Blues because they were missing their best player. If Pietrangelo misses any more games, I see this series being very short. The loss of him would be like Nashville losing Weber, Boston losing Chara, or Ottawa losing Karlsson. I don’t see how they replace a player like that.

  2. you4real - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Won’t be long now until Blom joins us with an overjoyed comment and praise to some false deity. That and a bad YouTube clip to a dead musician

    • ron05342 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      LOL. Now that you said that, he will purposely avoid this thread.

      • blomfeld - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        A Fact Checklist:

        – the world is not flat !
        – the writer Dadoun is good people !
        – the bloggers you4real, ron05342 and oside760 are all “quality” life forms !

        we LA KINGS win again ! :)

      • you4real - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        Well at least you make me smile

  3. oside760 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM


  4. blomfeld - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM


    We win again friends ! … just as I knew we would. :) Unfortunately I missed the game today, as I’ve just come home from doing a volunteer landscaping job. My back is hurting and my muscles are aching, yet words can’t do justice to the joy which I’m now feeling upon learning of our victory ! … and no doubt friends, you too are feeling overcome by this wonderful news ! Regardless, it’s important that we Kings stay focused and press home the attack with even greater zeal in game 2 ! Today was an excellent start for us in this second round, no two ways about that. Yet it’s important that we take nothing for granted here, as I’m convinced that these Blues will be tougher for us to defeat than those “violent fems” from Vancouver. Nonetheless, we’ve yet to bring our big guns to bear (ie: Carter, Richards, Doughty, Kopitar and company) . So when we do, and we will friends, then God help the poor souls on the receiving end of our glorious wrath ! GO KINGS GO !

    • danphipps01 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      Goddamnit, I can’t help but love you for your glorious insanity.

      Incidentally, what do you make of the comparisons some people have been making between the Kings today and the Flames of the ’03/’04 Cup run?

      • blomfeld - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        “may the poster known as danphipps01 find himself adrift on a sea of endless joy !” …

        friend … that’s an interesting observation as there are some definite parallels … great goaltending, a fast and physical offense, clutch scoring, etc … not to mention the same coach !… we’ll see how this goes, as it sure would be fun for us to get to a game seven in the finals, eh ! :)

  5. highlander24 - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!

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