How Sweep It Is: Kings Knock Off Blues To Reach Western Conference Finals
The Los Angeles Kings are making history in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings swept the St. Louis Blues with a 3-1 win in Game 4, the first time in franchise history that such a feat has been achieved. With this win, the Kings will make their second trip to the Western Conference Final, with their only previous trip coming in 1993. Along with beating the second seeded Blues in the second round, the Kings also beat the first seeded Vancouver Canucks in the first round; the first time in NHL history an eighth seed has ever beaten the first and second seed in their conference in the same year.
The Kings started the game with energy and intensity and had a depth player in Jordan Nolan, step up and deliver the first goal of the game. Kevin Shattenkirk, of the Blues, answered back with a beautiful slapshot that beat Jonathan Quick on the blocker side and bounced off the post and in. Dustin Brown then had the answer for the Kings, when his laser wrist shot beat Brian Elliott glove side and up high. In the second and third periods, both teams had golden opportunities on even strength and powerplays, but both goaltenders were excellent. Halfway through the third period, the Blues got their best chance of the game, when on a rebound, Andy McDonald had a wide open net, but a perfectly placed stick by Kings center Anze Kopitar kept him from putting it home. Dustin Brown then finished off the Blues with an empty net goal that sent the Staples Center crowd into a frenzy.
Throughout this series, Los Angeles only trailed for a total of seven minutes and forty-two seconds. They finished off the first two rounds of the playoffs with an 8-1 record. The Kings will now await the outcome of the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes series to see who their opponent will be in the Western Conference final. The Coyotes lead the series three games to one.