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Kings ‘beat up and tired’ after tough series win over Blues

May 11, 2013, 2:36 AM EDT

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The L.A. Kings are on to the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

But nothing about their first-round victory over the St. Louis Blues was a guarantee. The Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, closed out the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarter-final thanks to a 2-1 win on home ice Friday.

All six games were decided by one goal and all six games were physically punishing. The Kings found themselves down two-games-to-none early in the series, before finding their winning ways that led to their dominant championship last spring.

“It’s not easy,” Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter told NHL.com.

“There was a lot of pressure on our players. I’ve said all year, they’ve handled it really well. They had a tough hole, this series.

“We’re beat up and tired and we’ll practice on Sunday and know by Monday who we’ll play.”

One thing is for sure when it comes to the Kings’ next opponent: there will be less travel.

“I’m going to sit back and watch and see who we play,” Kings’ forward Mike Richards told the L.A. Times.

“Both teams obviously have world-class players and world-class goaltenders, so it’s going to be tough either way.”

  1. manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Easier travel if it’s the Ducks, home ice if it’s the Sharks. Last year the Kings didn’t have home ice in any series. Then again, last year they won the first two games of every series. So far this team isn’t the same as last year’s road kings, but also haven’t lost at home. Like Richards says, tough opponent no matter who it is. Rest up guys, you’ll need it.

  2. saintssince8 - May 11, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    As a Blues fan, I must say I must say I am disappointed, but while we did lose the playoff series again this year, we put forth a much better showing and can use it to build on. I do not like the Kings, but like and respect are two different things. Kudos.

  3. blomfeld - May 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    KINGS vs QUEENS !

    The price of victory over the tough and determined Blues was never going to be cheap and we knew that going in. Therefore it comes as no surprise that along with being victorious, we Kings also find ourselves ‘beat up and tired’ somewhat. Nonetheless, one thing for certain in going forward is that the key to beating our next opponent (Ducks or Sharks) will be the ability to ‘score goals’ and lots of them. The time for trench warfare is over, the time for Blitzkrieg (lightning war) is now. Both the Ducks and Sharks are high caliber ‘offensive’ teams who play a quick moving game. And so it will be incumbent for us Kings to now shift gears from the ‘smash & crash’ style to a more ‘skills-based’ style of play which dictates speed and ‘maximum’ goal production. We can do it friends, as we now get a ‘well earned’ rest from the action, coupled with the fact that our next fight will require little or no travel.

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

    • manchestermiracle - May 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Defense is the Kings’ calling card. Smart, solid blueliners and hard back-checking forwards to go with the best goalie in the game. The Kings would be out of their element trying to match any high-powered offense goal-for-goal.

      The Kings need to stay within their game, keep the score low, and force the other team to play their style. Plugging up the center of the ice and forcing everything to the wings/boards, along with a couple of timely goals, is how they operate. No sense in changing any of that now.

  4. capsrockva - May 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    At least my bracket is still intact

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