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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: 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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“Move Along, Nothing To See Here” Really Means What It Says In The Case Of LA Kings’ Drew Doughty

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored his first goal of the season on March 19, in the Kings’ 29th game of this abbreviated 2013 National Hockey League season, many fans breathed a big sigh of relief, while some pundits started analyzing Doughty’s long scoring drought, trying to figure out why he was playing so poorly all season long.

This brings to mind the line from the Naked Gun movies:

“Move along, nothing to see here.”

The only difference is that unlike in those movies, this time, it’s probably sage advice. Indeed, many have apparently forgotten that Doughty is a defenseman, a player whose primary responsibility is keeping the puck out of his own net. Despite that, the focus for much of the last six weeks has been his goose egg in the goals column of the stats sheet, something he was frustrated about, despite earlier comments to the contrary.

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Frozen Royalty Video: LA Kings Douse Flames Again, 3-1

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown scored two goals, and Jake Muzzin contributed two assists, to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on March 11.

Brown opened the scoring at 5:39 of the first period, converting a pass by defenseman Slava Voynov, who was at the top of the right circle. Voynov threaded the pass through the right circle, and across the slot to Brown, who had an easy, slam dunk goal at left crease.

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