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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