Kings Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs: L.A. Advances To First Conference Finals In 19 Years With Sweep

The Kings are 8-1 in the NHL playoffs this season.

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Kings To Face Coyotes In Conference Finals After Phoenix Eliminates Nashville

Before the 2012 NHL playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings had only held a 2-0 series lead two times in their 43-year franchise history. This year, they have had a pair of 3-0 series leads and are 8-1 in the postseason. In the Western Conference Finals they will face a team with even less playoff success in its franchise history. The Phoenix Coyotes advanced to their first conference finals Monday night with a 2-1 home win in Game 5 over the Nashville Predators.

The Coyotes eliminated the Predators, four games to one. Phoenix, who won their first division title during the regular season, advanced to the conference finals for the first time in their 32-year franchise history, which began in Winnipeg.

The Kings are in their second Western Conference Finals in franchise history, and the first since 1993.

Derek Smith scored at 3:54 of the second period to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead Monday night and Martin Hanzal struck with a goal 11 minutes later for a 2-0 Coyotes lead. Colin Wilson scored for Nashville with 5:59 remaining in the third period, but were never able to score the equalizer.

Mike Smith saved 32 of 33 shots in the win for the Coyotes, who are 8-3 in the postseason.

The Kings were 3-1-2 against their Pacific Division rivals during the regular season. Los Angeles, which has knocked off the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks and No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues in the first two rounds, now get their shot at No. 3 seed Phoenix.

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Kings Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown Complete Sweep Of St. Louis, 3-1

Jonathan Quick saved 23 of 24 shots to lead the Los Angels Kings to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their second round playoff series Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. The Kings swept the Blues 4-0 and advanced to their first conference finals in 19 years.

Since reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993, the Kings had lost six of their last seven playoff series before this season. Now the Kings have won two playoff series this season, and are 8-1 in their nine postseason games.

The Kings now await the winner of the series between the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators, currently led by Phoenix three games to one.

Quick was under fire for the final 40 minutes of the game, and he was on top of his game, saving all 20 shots over the final two periods, making plays like this:

Dustin Brown scored two goals for the Kings, including an empty net goal with 26 seconds left, in the decisive Game 4, and Quick saved 96 of 102 shots (a .941 save percentage) during the series.

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Kings Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Jonathan Quick Saves 13 Shots In Second Period, L.A. Leads 2-1

After a second period that saw no goals, the Los Angeles Kings are 20 minutes away from their first berth in the Western Confernce Finals in 19 years. The Kings lead the St. Louis Blues 2-1 after two periods in Game 4 of their second round NHL playoff series on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

The Kings lead the series 3-0. Their last trip to the conference finals came in 1993, a year that saw the Kings advance all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals for the only time in their history.

After outshooting the Blues 10-4 in the opening period, the Kings were outshot by St. Louis 13-3 in the second period. Jonathan Quick saved all 13 shots he faced for the Kings in the second period.

There were a slew of penalties in the middle of the period. The Blues had a 5-on-3 advantage for all of one second after interference was called on Drew Doughty at 8:03 of the second period. But 10 seconds into the power play, St. Louis gave away the man advtnage with an elbowing call on David Backes.

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Kings Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 4: Dustin Brown Gives L.A. 2-1 Lead After First Period

The Los Angeles Kings are looking to advance to their first NHL conference finals since 1993. Up 3-0 in their second round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, the Kings are now 40 minutes away from the Western Conference Finals, leading 2-1 after the first period in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

Dustin Brown lit the lamp at 18:17 in the first period, assisted by Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, giving the Kings a 2-1 advantage.

The Kings struck first at 4:36 of the first period, thanks to the Blues turning the puck over in front of their own net. Dustin Penner made them pay, assisting to Jordan Nolan for Nolan's first career playoff goal.

At 11:34 of the first period, Kevin Shattenkirk tied the game for St. Louis by beating goalie Jonathan Quick under his right arm with a goal, catching the Kings during a line change. It was just the second shot of the game for St. Louis.

Quick saved three of four shots for the Kings, while Brian Elliott saved eight of 10 shots for St. Louis. Each team killed one power play during the opening 20 minutes.

Colin Fraser of the Kings went to the locker room after hurting his leg blocking a shot.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Blues Game 4: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Los Angeles Kings currently hold a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinals series against the St. Louis Blues. They stand on the threshold of ushering the Blues from the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs and advancing to the conference finals. What's more, they have an opportunity to clinch and advance on home ice in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.

Should the Kings complete the sweep -- should they win this series at all, they will have an opportunity to win the Western Conference for just the second time in franchise history. If they can accomplish that, it will be the first time the team has reached the Stanley Cup finals in 19 years. They are likely to match up against their division rivals the Phoenix Coyotes in the conference finals. The Coyotes currently hold a 3-1 lead over the Nashville Predators in the other semifinal.

Neither the Kings, Blues, Coyotes nor Predators has ever won the Stanley Cup.

The puck will drop on Sunday's game at noon PT. The game will be televised nationally on NBC.

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Kings Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: L.A. Beats Saint Louis 4-2

Every time the St. Louis Blues made the game close, the Kings answered back.

The Los Angeles Kings offense came alive once again, giving the team a commanding 3-0 series lead after their 4-2 victory over the Blues on Thursday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, Chris Stewart put his team on the board in the second minute of the second period, scoring on a 10-foot backhand shot assisted by Kris Russell. The Kings answered back in under a minute when Dwight King converted a wrist shot from 26-feet, assisted by Matt Greene. Eight minutes later the Kings extended their lead to 3-1, on a powerplay goal from Mike Richards.

In the fourth minute of the third period, Chris Stewart scored his second goal of the game bringing the Blues within one goal of tying the Kings. However, four minutes later, the Kings' Drew Doughty answered again, scoring a 50 foot slapshot assisted by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

The two teams meet for game four on Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center.

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Kings Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: Kings Lead 3-1 After Second Period

After two periods of play, the Kings lead the Blues by a score of 3-1. The Kings are 20 minutes away from taking a commanding 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

The Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues traded goals in the opening minutes of the second period. At the 1:13 mark, Chris Stewart got the Blues on the board with a 10-foot backhanded shot assisted by Kris Russell, tying the game at 1-1. Less than a minute later, Dwight King helped the Kings reclaim the lead with a 26-foot wristshot assisted by Matt Greene.

Halfway through the second period, the Kings extended their lead when Mike Richards put in a wristshot from 16-feet out on a power play, assisted by Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty.

The Kings are dominating offensively, holding an 18-10 shots on goal edge over the Blues through two periods.

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Kings vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs 2012: Kings Lead 1-0 After First Period

The Los Angeles Kings may be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, but that has not stopped them from already knocking off one top-seed and potentially another this week. With a 2-0 series lead on the St. Louis Blues, the Kings return home to L.A. to claim a commanding three-game lead in the best-of-seven series.

After one period of play, the Kings lead the Blues by a score of 1-0.

At the 13:33 mark of the first period, Justin Williams scored his second goal of the series. He was assisted by Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar. As a team, the Kings out-shot the Blues 8-4.

Here is video of that goal:


It was a pretty physical first 20 minutes, with a total of five penalties being called. Mike Richards and Jamie Langenbrunner were both handed five minute majors for fighting.

For the most part, the Kings dominated the first period. There is still a long way to go, but this club has all of the momentum in the series. Taking a 3-0 lead tonight would be absolutely huge.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Blues Game 3: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings head to Game 3 of their Western Conference Playoff series, and the Kings will try and get themselves in position to take a dominating 3-0 series lead. Here is all the information you need to get ready to watch or listen to Thursday night's game.

Time: 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET

TV: NBC Sports Network. The game will be available on the TSN channel (Canada) or the RDS (Quebec).

Radio: You can listen to the radio broadcast on KTLK 1150 AM in Los Angeles, and other affiliates include KPTR (AM 1450) – Palm Springs, KHTS (AM 1220) – Santa Clarita, KLOA (AM 1240) – Ridgecrest, KMET (AM 1490) – Banning, KVTA (AM 1520) – Ventura and KOSS (AM 1380) – Palmdale.

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Blues Vs. Kings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Anze Kopitar Helps L.A. Seize Control With 5-2 Win

Maybe the Los Angeles Kings should play every game on the road. The Kings continued their excellent work on foreign ice with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Monday night in Game 2 of their second round NHL playoff series. The Kings now own a commanding 2-0 lead.

The Kings jumped out to a 4-0 lead to completely take the Scottrade Center crowd out of the game, including two scores by Anze Kopitar, one shorthanded. Mike Richards had a goal and an assist, Dustin Brown had three assists, and Dustin Penner had two assists for the Kings.

Andy McDonald scored 18 seconds into the second period for St. Louis, but before the Blues could capitalize on the momentum Justin Williams scored 68 seconds later for Los Angeles for a 5-1 lead.

Jonathan Quick saved 27 of 29 shots in the victory. Dating back to last season, the Kings have won seven straight playoff road games.

Game 3 is Thursday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Blues Vs. Kings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Kings Lead Blues 5-1 After Two Periods

The St. Louis Blues offense finally broke through at the 18 second mark at the beginning of the second period after Andy McDonald made a wristshot from eight feet out. McDonald was assisted by David Backes and Kris Russell.

A little over a minute after McDonald's goal, the Kings answered as Justin Williams scored his own wristshot goal seven feet out, assisted by Dustin Brown and Matt Greene.

After an offensive outburst in the first half, the Los Angeles Kings sustained their four-goal lead, 5-1, against the St. Louis Blues in the second period of Monday's second round playoff game.

The game's intensity stayed at a high level in the second period, with both teams refusing to stop fighting — literally. The match looked extra chippy when the Blues' Carlo Colaiacovo and the Kings' Dustin Brown started fighting. Brown was pegged for two minutes in the penalty box for charging, while Colaiacovo was given two minutes as well for roughing. Both teams were tagged for four penalties each in the second period.

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Blues Vs. Kings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Kings Lead 4-0 After First Period

Game one between the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings got off to a fast chippy start.

The Kings' Mike Richard scored a goal within the first 30 seconds of the match courtesy of an assist from Dustin Penner. Richard's wrist shot was seven feet out. Los Angeles continued to put pressure on St. Louis' defense, holding an eight to one shot on goal advantage halfway through the first period.

Anze Kopitar added another goal for the Kings, making a shorthanded wrist shot from eight feet out with under five minutes to go in the first period. Kopitar's second goal of the playoffs was assisted by Dustin Brown.

The Kings' third and fourth goals of the first period came back to back. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored in the first period's final two minutes.

The Blues did not get a shot on goal until the 9:23 mark of the first period.

Five minutes into the game, the Kings' Dwight King and the Blues' B.J. Crombeen duked it out. A close examination of the fight tells us that King got the best of the fight, as he was able to throw more punches in the bout.

The game is currently being televised on CNBC, fans can also listen in on the radio on KTLK 1150 AM.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Blues Vs. Kings Game 2: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings will attempt to move one step closer to pulling off their second big upset in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The Kings went up 1-0 in the series on Saturday when they managed a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on the Blues' home ice. On Monday, they'll try to make it two unanswered wins before the series heads to Southern California.

The puck will drop on Monday at 6:00 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on CNBC, or you can listen to the radio broadcast on KTLK 1150 AM.

If the Kings manage to take this series, they will only have the Western Conference Finals standing between them and the Stanley Cup Finals. In the other Western Conference semifinal, the Phoenix Coyotes are leading the Nashville Predators, 2-0. None of the four teams remaining in the Western Conference has ever won the Stanley Cup.

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Kings Vs. Blues, Game 1 Final Score: L.A. Starts Strong Again With 3-1 Victory

The Los Angeles Kings find themselves in a very familiar situation in the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. They're the big underdogs, they're starting the series on the road against a powerful team ... and they've opened up a 1-0 series lead in enemy territory. On Saturday, the Kings defeated the Blues 3-1 and hope to once again shock the hockey world.

The Blues struck first, with David Perron sending a puck past Jonathan Quick at 9:16 in the first period. That would be the last time the Blues would find the net, however. At 16:58 in the first period, Slava Voynov scored the equalizer.

At 18:57 of the second period, Matt Greene scored a shorthanded goal -- something Los Angeles excelled at in the first round -- to put the Kings on top. Dustin Penner added an empty net goal at 19:45 of the third period to put the game away for good.

The Kings will try to pick up another road win on Monday before the series head back to Los Angeles.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Blues Vs. Kings Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Kings will enter the second round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Much like the first round, the Kings will be heavy underdogs as they go up against the odds-on favorites to win the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues.

Game 1 will take place on Saturday in St. Louis, as the Kings will try to start the Conference Semifinals the same way they began the first round -- by winning the first game on the road. The Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks in the first round to advance.

The Blues and the Kings played one another four times in the 2011-12 NHL regular season. The Kings won three of those games and outscored the Blues 9-3 over those same four games.

The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on NBC SportsNet (formerly Vs.). You can listen to the radio broadcast on KTLK 1150 AM.

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Kings Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs Schedule: L.A.'s 2nd Round Matchup Begins On Saturday

The Los Angeles Kings overcame their underdog tag in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs and upended the No. 1 seed and Presidents' Cup winners the Vancouver Canucks. Now, the Kings will head into the Western Conference Semifinals against the odds-on favorites to win the conference, the St. Louis Blues.

Now that all eight first-round winners have been determined, the schedule for the first games in each second-round series have been released. The Kings and Blues, having made such short work of their first-round opponents, are lucky enough to have the first four games mapped out for them.

The series will begin on Saturday in St. Louis. The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on NBC SportsNet.

Game 2 will be on Monday, also in St. Louis. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. PT and will be televised on CNBC. On Thursday, the series returns to Los Angeles and will begin at 7:00 p.m. PT, once again airing on NBC SportsNet. The puck drops for game four on Sunday, May 6 at noon PT and will air on NBC. Games 5 though 7, if needed, will be scheduled later on.

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Kings Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs Round 2 Early Schedule Announced

The Los Angeles Kings managed to get their way through the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks, and now they'll move onto face the St. Louis Blues, who beat up the San Jose Sharks in five games.

The first four games will be played on April 28th, April 30th, May 3rd and May 6th, and since the Kings were the eighth seed overall they will start with two road contests before going back to Staples Center. With the Lakers and the Clippers also slated for the playoffs, Staples could a pretty busy venue the next few weeks. The Lakers and Clippers will start out with homecourt, so they will probably alternate the court before the Kings set up their ice.

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Kings Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs Round 2: A Look Ahead

The Los Angeles Kings silenced many naysayers on Sunday night, as they eliminated the No. 1 seed and President's Trophy winners the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. They'll have a lot more work still ahead of them if they hope to make it to the Stanley Cup finals, but they'll have a better chance in the second round than many might think.

The Kings will next go up against the No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues, who were the odds-on favorites to win the Western Conference when the playoffs began. The Blues eliminated the San Jose Sharks, four games to one, to advance.

During the 2011-12 regular season, the Kings and Blues faced one another four times. The Kings were 3-1 in those games and shut out the Blues twice. What's more, they outscored St. Louis 9-3 in those games. Here is how the games went.

October 18: Kings 5, Blues 0. You can find the game recap here.

November 22: Kings 3. Blues 2. You can find the game recap here.

February 3: Blues 1, Kings 0. You can find the game recap here.

March 22: Kings 1, Blues 0 (Shootout).

The time and date of the first game in the Blues-Kings series is yet to be announced, but the Kings will be playing the first two games of the series on the road. That may not be the advantage the Blues would like to think it is, however ... the Kings have won fave straight road playoff games, dating back to last year.

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