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Discuss: Kings put Blues on brink of elimination

May 9, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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The L.A. Kings got off to a slow start in these playoffs, but they’re rolling now.

The Kings took Game 5 of their Western Conference quarter-final over the St. Louis Blues by a final score of 3-2 in overtime, thanks to a goal from defenseman Slava Voynov.

The Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions who fell behind in this opening-round series two-games-to-none, now lead the Blues 3-2 and have put St. Louis on the brink of elimination.

Some things to discuss.

  • Perfect opportunity for the 23-year-old Voynov to jump up in the rush and he made good on his opportunity, beating Blues’ goalie Brian Elliott eight minutes into the extra frame.
  • Too close to call: all five games in this series have been one-goal games.
  • After going three straight games without a goal to begin these playoffs, Jeff Carter has scored three times in the last two games. He underwent a similarly slow start in the 2012 post-season, before rounding into form.
  • Jonathan Quick put the blame on himself for the Kings’ first two losses of the series. Well, he solid again in Game 5. Made 34 saves for the win, and kept his team in the game when the Kings were under siege through 60 minutes of regulation.
  • Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times reported on Twitter that the Voynov winner was the first overtime playoff goal by a Kings’ defenseman since April 26, 2001, when Jaroslav Modry scored.
  1. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Believe!

  2. manchestermiracle - May 9, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Finally got home ice in this series. Now the Kings need to close it out Friday.

  3. blomfeld - May 9, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    “THEY HAVE THAT LOOK IN THEIR EYES” … Kelly Hrudey on CBC @ approx 2145 hours PST

    Yes, comrade Hrudey was quite accurate with his statement about the King’s mindset in OT tonight … and we carried the day friends, so praise be for that ! :) But man, do you ever have to hand it to these “tough and determined” Blues eh ? I mean seriously, this series is proving to be ‘vastly’ more difficult than anything we ever faced last year and you can’t help but admire their ‘unrelenting’ fortitude and tenacity. I’ve personally always liked the Blues and I’ve never had any quarrel with either them or their enterprise. Nonetheless, it’s now back home to LA and the chance for us to put this ‘hard fought & grueling exchange’ to rest … and God willing friends, we will …

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

  4. girouxed - May 9, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Blues in 7

  5. namriverrat69 - May 9, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Killer game – Brutal series

    Go Kings Go! Long live the Kings!

  6. todoubled84 - May 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Sorry but the Blues goalie has to make that save ! Voynov clearly didnt get everything on that shot. Especially since the goalie had good position from his butterfly slide. Glad the Kings won, still a soft goal.

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