Stanley Cup Playoffs: Kings use strong first period to hammer Blues

It didn’t take the Los Angeles Kings long to pounce on the St Louis Blues as Mike Richards scored just 31 seconds in, and the Kings never looked back in a 5-2 victory that allowed them to take a 2-0 stranglehold on the best of seven series.

The early goal rattled Blues netminder Brian Elliott who went on to allow five goals on just 21 shots in the game.

Elliott has been strong all season long after being left on the trash heap after a horrendous season last year where he split time between the Ottawa Senators and the Colorado Avalanche.

The 27 year-old goaltender resurrected his career this season under Jack Adams candidate Ken Hitchcock, but in game two he was shakey at best.

The Kings went on a tear late in the first, scoring three more goals in the final six minutes.

Momentum really swung LA’s way when the linesman bungled an offside call just prior to Jeff Carter putting the Kings up 3-0.

Dustin Penner was clearly offside on the play, but lady luck was on the King’s side as evidenced by the fact that Carter’s original shot bounced off defenseman Roman Polak’s face right back onto his stick.

The Kings took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission, and were firmly in control of the game and the series.

Kings puck stopper Jonathan Quick was his usual solid self as he made several big stops for his team, and now sports a 1.56 goals against average, and a .952 save percentage in the playoffs.

Quick has become one of the early favorites for the Conn Smythe trophy.

The teams will now take a couple of days to rest as the series shifts to Los Angeles.

The time off will benefit the Blues most as they sorely missed Alex Pietrangelo in game two. The young defenseman was felled by a hit from Dwight King behind the Blues’ net and sat out game two with a lower body injury.

Pietrangelo is expected to return in time for game three which goes Thursday at the Staples Center.

 

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