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Discuss: Kings defeat Blues in Game 6; advance to second round

May 11, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

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The L.A. Kings finished off the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, winning the last four games of the series.

On Friday, the Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, eliminated the Blues in six games thanks to a gritty 2-1 victory on home ice.

The Kings got off to a less-than-ideal start in these playoffs, falling behind the Blues two-games-to-none to start the series.

  • Dustin Penner scored the winner with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second period on a slap shot that was deflected. That’s deflating.
  • How good has goalie Jonathan Quick been since blaming himself for both L.A. losses to begin the series? He was nearly unbeatable on Friday. Here’s an example of his stellar play.
  • Drew Doughty scored. That’s the first of these playoffs for the Kings talented blue liner. First goal in nine games, dating back to the regular season.
  • The refs put the whistles away. Two teams combined for just two minor penalties.
  • All six games in this series were decided by one goal. That’s how close it was.
  • The Blues had 21 missed shots in Game 6.
  • As per the Kings’ official Twitter account, the Kings overcame an 0-2 series deficit for the second time in the team’s history.
  1. pitpenguinsrulez - May 11, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    The Kings second and game winning goal was a back breaker. You never want to let in a late goal but with 0.2 seconds left in the 2nd that just hurts.

  2. josephdj9 - May 11, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Man, I totally thought it was going to be 4-2 Blues after watching the first 2 games. A really exciting series I think all the games were decided by 1 goal.

  3. kingsforever - May 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    To everyone who picked STL in this series…go have your head checked.
    GKG!

  4. sjsharks66 - May 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Congrats kings and their fans! I really thought the blues were going to take this series after game 2.

    Round 2 either Ducks….or Sharks ;)

  5. pariseinminnesotabichez - May 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Sharks will beat Kings, guaranteed.

    • manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      I seem to recall hearing a similar comment about the Blues before this series. And the Blues are a lot tougher than the Sharks.

  6. lakingscup12 - May 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Great series by both teams. Kings were outplayed at times, but good teams find a way to win games. This has to be one of the most hard fought series I’ve ever seen, the Blues are a very good team and probably would have gone further than the first round in a matchup against any team other than the defending Stanley Cup Champions. This series gave me major respect for St Louis, would hate to play them again in the playoffs in the future.

  7. blomfeld - May 11, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    WE DID IT FRIENDS !

    With this season marking my 40th year of supporting the LA Lings (1973), I can honestly say that my ‘faith and love’ for this team has never been greater ! Despite the ‘determined & ferocious’ efforts of the excellent Blues, we still prevailed and carried the day in the end. I truly love this team and all it’s members, especially comrades Quick and Doughty ! And in going forward from here, I’m now ‘completely’ convinced that no obstacle is going to ever have a chance of blocking our glorious enterprise of repeating again !

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

    • zetaone - May 11, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      ew

    • mattypbillsmafia - May 11, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Dude, you have the worst posts ever… Just please stop! Your use of quotes is totally wrong as well, it’s just straight up annoying. Are you implying that you don’t have ‘faith and love’ for the team? Or that the blues effort wasn’t ‘determined and ferocious’? Just please stop, or learn the English language, but I’d prefer if you just went away, the Elvis videos are just plain weird as well.

  8. wannabebluesplayer - May 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Props to Kings and their fans. Classy group and closely played series. It took the Kings two years of making the playoffs and picking up a bona fide scorer before they went all the way, hopefully the Blues pick up that important finisher next year

  9. manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    While I’d like to see the offense get untracked and start scoring goals, it’s good to know the defense is good enough to not only score both of the goals in this game, but to also keep the other team bottled up. Even though the guys up front aren’t getting on the board, their backchecking was a big factor in keeping the Blues off their game.

    The refs didn’t put their whistles away as much as they just didn’t need them. Both teams played a hard-hitting but clean game. They obviously respect each other and the effort from both sides of the ice was much appreciated. A slightly different bounce on any number of plays could have changed this series around, it was that close.

    Congrats to the Blues and their fans on a great year and an exciting series. As tough as it was to get past them, St. Louis was the early challenge the Kings needed to prepare them for their next series. I don’t see any other team playing the Kings as hard-nosed as the Blues did.

  10. hrudey - May 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    A hell of a series. As a Kings fan, I’m glad that they’re done with the Blues – St. Louis has a damn fine team that played well enough to win every game but just couldn’t seal the deal. It speaks volumes that a series this tough and physical (or the new official word: “heavy”) was still played respectfully without all the cheap shots that sometimes occur when teams get their dander up. My hat’s off to the Blues and their fans, and hopefully after passing this stern challenge the Kings can keep on rolling all the way to another Cup.

  11. sjsharks66 - May 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    You leave Blom alone! Haha he is one of the only real kings fans on here. Plus one that i can personally stand on here.

  12. namriverrat69 - May 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Kudos to the Blues. What a great, brutal, hard fought series they had with the LA Kings. They are a great team. I can see the beginning of a Kings-Blues relationship like Utah had with the Bulls or as Alydar was to Affirmed in the triple crown races. Alydar lost by a 1/2 length in the Derby, a neck in the Preakness and a nose in the Belmont Stakes as Affirmed won the Triple Crown. Those two horses could have raced another 10 times and the heart of Affirmed would never have allowed Alydar to win and Alydar was a great horse in his own right.

    One team (or horse) will own another team no matter what.

    This could be the start of one of those relationships.

    I like Blomfeld too. He may seem a bit quirky but he is a good guy.

  13. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 12, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Yes he’s a great guy… Any Kings fan is great in my book? And sometimes the bandwagon fans (kings) are pretty cool aswell. GO KINGS GO!

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