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Discuss: Kings come back, even series with Blues

May 7, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

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The L.A. Kings are back on even terms in their best-of-seven series with the St. Louis Blues.

The Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champs who found themselves down 2-0 after the opening two games in St. Louis, tied the series at two-games apiece with a 4-3 victory on Monday night.

And this bruising series will go at least six games.

Here are some talking points.

  • Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams scored one minute and 16 seconds apart in the third period to dig the Kings out of a one-goal deficit and into the lead.
  • The Williams goal came off a deflection in front of the net. The goal was reviewed for a possible high stick, but the call on the ice would stand.
  • Blues’ forward T.J. Oshie scored twice, giving St. Louis a two-goal in the first period and a 3-2 lead in the second period. But the Blues couldn’t hang on.
  • Dustin Penner, who scored a paltry two goals in 33 games during the regular season, tallied for the Kings.
  • The Blues, needing to generate something of an attack once they fell behind in the third period, produced all of five shots on Jonathan Quick. That’s not enough.
  • Each game in this series has been decided by one goal.
  1. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 7, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Keep the foot on the gas. Don’t look back! Go Kings Go!

  2. charliereno - May 7, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Kiss your backsides goodbye, St. Louis.

    • manchestermiracle - May 7, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      Best of three with two of ‘em in St. Louie. Better not count them chickens just yet.

      • jeffazi - May 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Look for the CPR line to be reunited and for Hitch to roll 4 lines instead of shortening the bench and jumbling up the lines all night. That cost us the game last night. Tarasenko in for McDonald and the Blues take the series. When we roll 4 lines and have the CPR line together, we are the better team. We outplayed the Kings badly in the first three games (with a couple of exceptions in a couple of periods). There was no need to break up the 4th line. It really messed with the teams chemistry. They need to stay in Quick’s face. He’s got a short fuse. He’s such a punk. Grabbing every Blues player by the legs and then whining like a little girl when his own defensemen push Blues players on top of him. Blues need to play as dirty as the Kings when they start with the elbowing, boarding, and other dirty play. Unconscionable that that hit on Reaves wasn’t called a boarding penalty. Had Reaves delivered that hit, he’d have gotten 5 minutes. It will be a blood bath on Wednesday night.

  3. blomfeld - May 7, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    I SWEAR TO YOU THAT I POSITIVELY KNEW IT !

    For whatever reason friends, I just ‘knew’ that we Kings would win tonight! Right after those primates from St Louis scored that ‘go ahead’ goal at the end of the second period, I left my executive apartment here in Vancouver in ‘despair’ and drove to the hardware store (Canadian Tire) to exchange some faulty “Made in China” product which I had purchased just earlier. Then when I returned home to flick the game back on, lo and behold we Kings magically score two “beautiful” goals and then go on to carry the day! Not sure about you guys, but I seriously love this stuff man! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • manchestermiracle - May 7, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      If they happen to be down in game 5 back in The Lou you better make sure you have another piece of hardware junk laying around to return.

    • jeffazi - May 7, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      It’s ironic that you refer to the Blues players as primates when the Kings are probably the dirtiest team in the league. Constant elbows from Brown. Filthy dirty play from Doughty. The list goes on and on. And, your goalie is a punk. What’s with grabbing every Blues player by the legs? Then your defense pushes players into him and he whines like a little girl. It’s a best of three now and two are in our house. Look for the CPR line to be reunited and our return to rolling four lines and rolling you guys right out of the playoffs. I detest the nasty dirty game the Kings play. How you guys got away with that viscious boarding against Reaves I’ll never know. Had Reaves delivered that hit, he’d have gotten a 5:00 minute major and a game misconduct. I thought the Sharks and Canucks were dirty until I saw the Kings play. Primates indeed. At least we aren’t Neandrathals.

      • rocoop - May 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Why do you keep posting the same dribble??? You hate the Kings because they are good and a much more complete team than the Blues(even without Mitchell and Greene) All you do is cry…Reaves got what he deserves..And there will be more of that on Wed..Kings haven’t even played a complete game yet and the series is tied…ALL the pressure will be on the Blues Wed night..

  4. r8rbhawk - May 7, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Sharks, Ducks/Wings fans will down thumb this comment for sure, but, whoever wins this series will be facing the Blackhawks in the WCF, hopefully they will continue to beat the hell out of each other first though…

  5. manchestermiracle - May 7, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Nice to see the first line finally produce something. I was hoping the Kings would shake off their offensive slumber and break this game open early, but it was the Blues who did that. Outscoring them 4-1 the rest of the way (along with a couple of unexpected odd-man rushes) went a long ways towards making me feel better about the “O,” but the “D” needs to be shutdown tough from the get-go.

    After last year’s sweep and winning 3-of-3 in the regular season this year I was wondering if St. Louis would be much of a challenge, but they’ve proven to be a much better opponent than I thought. It’s turning out to be a well-matched series.

    • blomfeld - May 7, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      yes friend, our D has been shouldering the load so far … but now look for our O to blow these primates away for good !

  6. aldog83 - May 7, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Carter and Kopitar scored!!! What a relief!

    Quick made the saves when he needed to again.

    Kings showed heart coning back twice tonight!

    Far from over.

    But I see few “PRO” St. Louis post tonight.

    What a difference a couple games make.

    Keep working hard Kings. Your the Champs and We believe!

    Thank you!

    • blomfeld - May 7, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      praise be friend …

    • hustleandflomax - May 7, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      What’s there to say? Congrats to the Kings for evening the series. They were easily the better team on the ice in the 3rd period; the Blues were completely lost that 3rd period, it was sickening. It was like they were a completely different team that forgot how to play hockey.

      The Blues’ problem all season was that they did not play a full 60 minutes. St. Louis will get bounced if they don’t find the energy to play all 3 periods. Simple as that. We’ve already seen they can go toe to toe with LA if they keep their heads in the game. Been a fun series so far. Congrats, Kings fans.

      • jeffazi - May 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        The problem last night was simple. Hitch made a mistake by breaking up our 4th line and inserting Tarasenko in place of Cracknell. Then, he didn’t play that line enough minutes. Tarasenko was on the ice maybe :40 seconds in the second period. When LA is dressing 7 defenseman, you have to roll 4 lines and not shorten your bench. It was a blunder. If you look at game 3, the Blues completely outplayed the Kings, just couldn’t get one past Quick and missed to many open nets and other opportunities. By messing with the 4th line and shortening the bench, the Blues ran out of steam. Hitch compounded the problem by changing the lines all night long. If the Blues put the 4th line back together, bench McDonald (he’s been ineffective) and replace him with Tarasenko, the Blues will win the series. Otherwise, they’ll lose. When we roll four lines, we’re the better team. You’re right about the Blues needing to play 60 minutes but the biggest reason they didn’t last night was because of a shortened bench and 7 LA defensemen. It won’t happen again.

      • aldog83 - May 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Kings could have easily lost game 3 …… were it not for Quick. Blues have played better than Kings.

        Your the 1st St Louis fan to actually give the Kings some credit.

        I’m proud that the Kings came back. But 2 of 3 in St Louis will be tough. Blues are a tough team.

        Kings will need to step it up on road!

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