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Lack Of Finish May Be The Only Reason St. Louis Blues Failed To Get Past LA Kings

LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, shown here
during a recent practice session.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings had the day off on May 11, the day after they defeated the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, in Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series.

After dropping the first two games of the series, the Kings came back to win four straight, eliminating the Blues in six games.

It was a brutal, physical series, one that featured lots of tight checking, a battle for every inch of ice on every shift, and 479 hits between the two teams.

“We’re beat up and tired,” Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said after Game 6.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Doughty, Penner, Quick Help LA Kings Escape With 2-1 Win Over St. Louis To Win Series in Six Games

LOS ANGELES — Drew Doughty and Dustin Penner scored goals, while Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series.

With the win, the Kings eliminated the Blues, four games to two.

Doughty opened the scoring at 12:37 of the first period on a wrist shot from the left circle. On the play, after taking a drop pass from center Colin Fraser, Doughty faked a slap shot, and then used Blues defenseman Roman Polak as a screen before letting go with a wrist shot that beat Blues goaltender Brian Elliott high, just inside the left goal post.

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Bob Miller And Nick Nickson: 2012 Playoff Expectations Started Low For LA Kings, But Quickly Skyrocketed

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Even though only one pair of Los Angeles Kings broadcasters got to work throughout the playoffs this past season, they all had their own views on the Kings as they tore through the playoffs. But what is most interesting, although maybe not surprising, is that each of them had slightly different expectations going into the post-season. In part six of this series, play-by-play announcers Bob Miller and Nick Nickson share their thoughts on the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings, and their incredible run through the playoffs. Check back next week for what color commentators Daryl Evans and Jim Fox had to say on the topic.


After 39 years, Los Angeles Kings television play-by-play announcer
Bob Miller got his opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup after the Kings
won it for the first time in franchise history on June 11, 2012, with
radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson (left), and team
captain Dustin Brown (right) looking on.
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Photo courtesy Bob Miller

LOS ANGELES — Nine months ago, despite sky high expectations, the Los Angeles Kings were not scoring goals, and, as a result, were struggling to remain in contention for a playoff berth.

But a coaching change, the recall of two forwards from the minor leagues who no one expected anything from, and a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline, combined to help lead the Kings from being on the verge of missing the post-season to the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Fall Flat Against St. Louis

LOS ANGELES — After putting in a tremendous effort only to see the Detroit Red Wings pull out a 2-1 win on January 7, the Los Angeles Kings went in the opposite direction against the St. Louis Blues on January 9 at Staples Center.

Indeed, this time, the Kings put in a woeful effort in which they rarely got to loose pucks or won physical battles in the corners and along the boards in a 4-3 loss. Read more of this post

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