There’s a saying in sports that a playoff series doesn’t begin until the road team wins a game. If this is true, than it took five games for the series between the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings to begin. The Blues won the first two games on home ice only to lose the next two to the Kings in Los Angeles. Game 5 changed all of that as Slava Voynov scored 12 minutes into the first overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 win and a 3-2 advantage in the quarterfinal playoff series.
The Kings were on their way to winning the game in regulation until the Blues scored with 44 seconds left to tie the game. It’s the third time in five games that one of the teams has scored in the final minute of the game. The Kings scored with 31 seconds left in Game 1 to send the game into overtime only to lose in the extra period. Game 2 saw the Blues score the game winner with 50 seconds left in the game.
With the win, the Kings have a chance to close out the series with St. Louis on Friday night. That’s a far cry for a team that looked dead after two games of the opening round. The defending Stanley Cup Champions have shown the grit and determination needed for a team to try and repeat. They have now won three games in a row and Jonathan Quick is showing signs of last year’s playoff persona. If Quick continues to play like he has been and the Kings can keep grinding out goals against the opposition, they have a good chance to go deep into the playoffs. First things first, though–get past the Blues.