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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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