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.
The Blues had their forecheck going in a big way throughout the game, spending large chunks of time in the Kings zone. On one of those extended forechecking shifts early in the second period, Polak got the puck at right point, where he fired a slap shot towards the net. The puck hit St. Louis forward Chris Porter in front, and deflected past Quick to tie the game at the 4:39 mark.
The Blues pressed their advantage in the second period, earning a big territorial advantage by spending inordinate amount of time in the Kings zone. But not only did Quick frustrate them at every turn, but the killer came when Penner got a chance off the rush in the final seconds of the period.
On the play, he got the puck near the team benches, and off the rush, he leaned into a huge blast from left point that was deflected at the top of the left circle by Blues center David Backes. The low shot suddenly went high, and it beat Elliott over his right shoulder with just 0.2 seconds left in the period.
The Blues continued to keep the Kings on their heels in the third period, but Quick was brilliant, thwarting the Blues at every turn.
- The Kings overcame an 0-2 series deficit for the second time in club history (other was 2001 vs. Detroit: won series 4-2).
- Including the regular season, the Kings have now won ten straight at home.
- Every game in the series was decided by one goal.
- The Kings are now 13-10 with a chance to clinch a series (best-of-seven series).
- Quick stopped 167-of-177 shots in the series (.944 save percentage).
- Quick now has 24 career playoff wins. Kelly Hrudey holds the Kings record with 26 playoff wins.
- Penner has five career playoff goals with the Kings (three are game-winners).
- The two teams combined for 479 hits in the series (LA: 241, STL: 238).
- The Kings killed 15/17 penalties in the series (88.2 percent).
- The Kings will play either the Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks in Round 2.
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Miller became a media honoree in the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) in 2000, when he received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, recognizing those members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting. But being honored by the HHOF has not prevented Miller from openly criticizing the HHOF. Briefly describe Miller’s criticism.
Like everyone else, Miller lamented the work stoppage that plagued the NHL, resulting in the shortened regular season this year. But he also offered a way to resolve it. What was his solution?
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