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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