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St. Louis Blues Present A Different Challenge For LA Kings This Time Around

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings qualified for the 2013 post-season party as the fifth seed in the Western Conference, and will face the St. Louis Blues in the first round, with Game 1 in St. Louis tonight (5:00 PM PDT, televised in Southern California on Prime Ticket).

For those who may still have the Kings’ sweep of the Blues in the second round of last season’s playoffs on their minds and believe that the Kings will enjoy similar success this time around, you can forget about that.

In fact, the Blues are likely to give the Kings a serious run for the money, and they have a good chance of winning the series, even though the Kings dominated the Blues in head-to-head competition during the regular season, sweeping the three games and outscoring them 14-7 in those contests.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Edged In Shootout At Anaheim, 4-3

ANAHEIM, CA — Corey Perry scored a breakaway goal and another in the shootout to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in front of a standing-room only crowd of 18,494 fans at Honda Center in Anaheim on April 7.

Ducks forwards Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring at 2:54 of the first period after Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr was unable to clear the zone along the left wing boards. Ducks forward Matt Beleskey got the puck to Palmieri, who skated past Kings left wing Jordan Nolan, who got caught flat-footed. Palmieri went in alone on Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who made the initial save. But the puck hit Palmieri’s skate, and bounced into the net.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Carter, Quick Lead LA Kings Over Oilers, 4-1; Kopitar’s Mock Anger Caught On Video

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter scored a goal and added an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the sluggish Edmonton Oilers in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles during a matinee affair on April 6.

Mike Richards opened the scoring just 1:38 into the first period when he took a pass from Carter after a solid forechecking shift. Wide open in the slot, Richards fired a one-timer that beat Oilers goaltender Devyn Dubnyk just inside the left goal post.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Tame The Wild Early In 3-0 Win Over Minnesota

LOS ANGELES — Justin Williams and Jeff Carter scored goals on the Los Angeles Kings’ first two shots of the game, just 1:38 apart, leading their team to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 4.

Williams opened the scoring just 1:29 into the first period, finishing off an outnumbered attack with a blistering snap shot from the right circle, beating Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom over his right shoulder.

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