It was a hard-fought battle and a low-scoring game, but the St. Louis Blues came out on top over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night when the two clubs met for Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals with only seconds left in overtime.
That game was genuinely an indication as to what the entire series will be like for the Blues, but winning the first game gives them the momentum going into Game 2 and, perhaps, the entire series. However, momentum doesn’t mean easy by any means and the Kings will see to that. The Kings are quite an experienced team and have a recent Stanley Cup under their belts to prove it, so they know what it takes to win during the playoffs and that feeling is still very fresh in their minds.
Still momentum is a funny thing and timing is also part of that. The Blues get to build off of that, so the choice is theirs when it comes to the outcome. Not only is momentum on their side, but it seems as though they also have a few streaks going in their favor as well. According to Belleville News Democrat, St. Louis has won seven consecutive home games with goalie Brian Elliott in net (allowing just one goal in each of those games) and Tuesday was the first Game 1 of a playoff series that the Blues have won since 2003. This among a few other interesting stats may be working for the Blues when they meet the Kings again tonight.