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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Alexander Steen scored twice, including the game-winner with 6:34 left in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the defending champion Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series from Scottrade Center.
Steen scored a power-play goal in the first, and then added a short-handed tally in the extra session after Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick misplayed the puck behind his own net.
Quick was pressured by Steen behind his own net and tried to play the disc off the end boards, but it bounced to the low right side, where Steen recovered it before stuffing the puck into the empty net to help the Blues draw first blood in this best-of-seven series.
Brian Elliott stopped 28-of-29 shots for the Blues, who were swept by the Kings during the conference semifinals last season and dropped all three regular-season games against Los Angeles this year.
The reigning Conn Smythe winner Quick posted 40 saves and Justin Williams scored LA's lone goal with 31.6 ticks left in regulation to force overtime.
Steen's power-play marker just over nine minutes into the game stood as the difference for much of the contest, with Elliott turning away all comers over the first two-plus periods.
The Kings finally solved Elliott in the final minute after Quick, who made 12 saves in the third, headed to the bench for the extra attacker.
Williams then took a feed from Drew Doughty and made his way into the right circle before rifling a wrister that beat Elliott high to the short side to even the score.
LA carried the momentum from Williams' goal into overtime and had a great opportunity to put the game away after St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk caught Dustin Penner with a high stick that drew blood, resulting in a double- minor at the 12:45 mark of the extra session.
But it was the Blues who broke through, as Steen's unexpected short-handed score 41 seconds later sent St. Louis to victory.
Game Notes: Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday in St. Louis ... The Blues improved to 9-4 all-time against the Kings in the playoffs ... Steen's two-goal performance was the fifth such effort in club history against LA in the postseason ... The Kings had won their last four overtime playoff games ... LA fell to 11-13 in OT games on the road in franchise postseason history ... Each of the playoff series between these teams have been sweeps (Blues won 4-0 in 1969 and 1998, Kings won 4-0 in 2012) ... The Kings have won just five of their 24 playoff series when losing Game 1.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will begin the defense of their Stanley Cup title on Tuesday, as they visit the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center for Game 1 of the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals.
The Kings enter this postseason as the fifth seed in the West after winning it all as a No. 8 seed last spring. Although Los Angeles barely qualified for the playoffs in 2012, it went 16-4 in the postseason in a dominating run to the franchise's first championship. This spring, the Kings will try to become the first NHL team to win consecutive championships since Detroit pulled off the feat in 1997 and '98.
St. Louis, this year's fourth seed in the West, was one of the Kings' victims in the 2012 playoffs, as L.A. outscored the Blues by a combined 15-6 margin during a four-game sweep in the conference semifinals. The Blues did little to erase the memory of that sweep during this season's series, as L.A. doubled up St. Louis by a 14-7 margin en route to winning all three meetings during the regular season.
Although this season the Kings have not quite resembled last year's playoff juggernaut, all the same pieces that made up the 2012 squad are still in place, including reigning Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick.
Quick's play in net last spring was a performance for the ages, as he went 16-4 with a 1.41 GAA, .946 save percentage and three shutouts to blaze a path to the championship. However, regaining that form has been a season-long struggle for the 27-year-old American, as Quick was outplayed by backup Jonathan Bernier for most of the lockout-shortened campaign.
Quick wound up with an 18-13-4 record in 37 games this season and recorded a 2.45 GAA and .902 save percentage. Bernier, meanwhile, went 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA, but head coach Darryl Sutter is staying with Quick at the start of this postseason.
Despite Quick's down season, L.A. still managed to play a balanced game in 2013, as the club ranked seventh in team defense (2.38 goals allowed per game) and 10th in offense with 2.73 goals per contest. The team's offensive numbers were a big improvement from 2011-12, when L.A. was 29th in the NHL with just 2.29 goals per game.
St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock likely will need a superb performance from starting goaltender Brian Elliott if the Blues are to turn the tide against the Kings this spring.
Elliott and Jaroslav Halak combined to form the league's best goaltending tandem in 2011-12. Halak started last year's playoffs as the No. 1 netminder before being injured two games into the postseason. This season, a injury to Halak on April 1 allowed Elliott to grab the reins and all he did was set a St. Louis team record with 11 April wins.
Elliott went 11-2-0 with a 1.28 goals against average and a .948 save percentage over his final 13 outings. Even with Halak back healthy, Hitchcock has placed his faith in Elliott heading into the playoffs.
"He's back playing the way he did all of last year," Hitchcock recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He was very good when Jaro (Halak) got hurt in the playoffs and then he had the inner-ear infection and didn't really play up to par until the last game when he was healthy. I just like his frame of mind. I like his disposition. He's a confident guy right now and we're going to need him."
The Blues will need Elliott to be at the top of his game, considering the club struggled to score all season long and finished 17th in the NHL with 2.58 goals per game.
Six players totaled four points for the Kings during the season series with the Blues and Jeff Carter led the way with three goals and one assist. Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron each had a goal and two assists for St. Louis, while rookie Vladimir Tarasenko notched a pair of goals.
Quick went 2-0 with a 1.81 GAA in two games versus the Blues, while neither St. Louis goaltender fared well in the season series. Elliott was 0-1 with a 4.10 GAA in two appearances against the Kings.
The second game of this series is scheduled for Thursday in St. Louis before it shifts to L.A. for Games 3 and 4.
The Blues were 15-8-1 as the host during the regular season, while L.A. had a poor 8-12-4 mark on the road.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings' first round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series versus the St. Louis Blues is as follows, the Kings and the National Hockey League announced tonight.
The Kings are the fifth seed in the Western Conference.
Game 1 Kings at St. Louis Tuesday, April 30 5:00 p.m. (PT)
Game 2 Kings at St. Louis Thursday, May 2 6:30 p.m. (PT)
Game 3 St. Louis at Kings Saturday, May 4 7:00 p.m.
Game 4 St. Louis at Kings Monday, May 6 7:00 p.m.
Game 5 * Kings at St. Louis Wednesday, May 8 TBD
Game 6 * St. Louis at Kings Friday, May 10 TBD
Game 7 * Kings at St. Louis Monday, May 13 TBD
* = if necessary
The Kings will announce the club's local FOX Sports West broadcast schedule once confirmed. Kings playoff games on the radio will be heard on flagship station KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. Here is the national TV schedule, per the NHL:
Game 1 CNBC, CBC
Game 2 CNBC, CBC
Game 3 NBC Sports Network, CBC
Game 4 NBC Sports Network, CBC
Game 5 CBC
Game 6 CBC
Game 7 CBC
The Kings are currently in St. Louis. The Kings communications department will distribute our General Media Playoff Information procedural guidelines tomorrow along with the club's electronic version and a printed version of their 2013 Postseason Media Guide.
The Kings, the defending Stanley Cup Champions, met the Blues in the second round of the playoffs last year and won all four games. Overall the Kings have won eight straight games against the Blues including three contests this season.
Below are some additional club notes as the Kings head into the postseason for the fourth consecutive season:
. The Kings finished the season with 59 points and a .615 pts pct (fifth best winning percentage in club history).
. The Kings finished with 39 points at home and an .813 pts pct (best home winning percentage in club history).
. The Kings went 24-11-3 in their final 38 games (since February 11).
. The Kings ended the regular season with seven straight wins at home.
. Jonathan Quick finished going 5-1-1 in his final seven games (1.94 GAA and .927 spct).
. Anze Kopitar finished as the team's leading scorer for the sixth straight season (the only other King to lead team in scoring six straight years was Marcel Dionne -- eight straight years from 1975-76 through 1982-83).
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards' power-play goal late in the second period lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Drew Doughty netted the other goal for the Kings, who hold a three-point lead over the San Jose Sharks for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
"We had a really good first period and they got some momentum back in the second with a short-handed goal, and then it was a track meet in the third," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said.
Jonathan Quick stopped 19-of-20 shots in the win.
Ryan Getzlaf registered the lone tally for the Ducks, who still lead Los Angeles by seven points atop the Pacific Division.
Viktor Fasth made 16 saves in defeat.
Anaheim, which was 5-of-11 against Los Angeles on the power play this season, had its first one of the game in the final three minutes, but the Kings killed off the man advantage.
"We had one opportunity on the power play at the end and we didn't take advantage of it. They took advantage of theirs," Getzlaf said.
Doughty's one-timed slap shot from the high point got the Kings on the board midway through the opening period, but Getzlaf tied the score early in the second.
While shorthanded, Getzlaf went after a loose puck at center ice and moved in alone on Quick, who stepped out and tried to poke check the puck away. But Getzlaf went around him and wristed the disc home into the empty net to knot the tilt.
Dustin Brown provided a screen in front of Fasth when Richards' slap shot from the top of the left circle with 57.2 ticks remaining in the second snuck underneath the crossbar to make it 2-1.
Quick made 11 saves in the third to seal the win.
Game Notes: Fasth stopped all nine shots he saw in the final stanza ... Richards extended his point streak to six games ... Los Angeles improved to 18-2-2 when scoring first.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Dustin Penner from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Penner, 30, has missed the last four games after suffering a lower body injury March 31 at Dallas. The 6-5, 245 pound native of Winkler, Manitoba has played 25 games with the Kings this season, recording 11 points (2-9=11) and 14 penalty minutes.
The Kings return to action tomorrow in Dallas, with game-time slated for 5:30 p.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast on PRIME Ticket – including the pre-game show -- and KTLK AM 1150.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will honor long-time fan-favorite Kelly Hrudey on Saturday as part of this year’s Kings Legends Night Series presented by McDonald’s. As part of the event, Hrudey will be featured in a special pre-game ceremony before the Kings-Calgary Flames contest at STAPLES Center beginning at 7 p.m.
In addition, all fans in attendance will receive special Kelly Hrudey-style bandanas.
Hrudey played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Islanders and Sharks, and eight of those seasons were spent in Los Angeles. Hrudey was 271-265-88 with a 3.43 goals-against average, .893 save percentage and 17 shutouts in 677 career regular season NHL appearances. He also appeared in 85 career playoff games.
With the Kings, Hrudey was 145-135-62 with a 3.47 goals-against average, .896 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 360 regular season appearances. He also appeared in 57 playoff games with the Kings.
Below are some of Hrudey’s achievements while playing for the Kings:
Led the Kings in wins six seasons (tied with Rogie Vachon for most in franchise history)
Led the Kings in GAA five seasons (second most in franchise history)
Second in Kings franchise history with 360 appearances
Second in Kings franchise history with 145 wins
Tied for fifth in Kings franchise history with 10 shutouts
Faced the most shots in franchise history (11,336)
Most saves in franchise history (10,151)
Voted Kings MVP twice (1991-92 and 1994-95)
Voted Kings Most Popular Player in 1994-95
Voted Kings Most Inspirational Player in 1994-95
Voted Kings Unsung Hero in 1993-94
This is the second and final Legends Night presented by McDonald’s this season. The Kings honored Ian Laperriere on Feb. 23.
For Kings ticket information, call 888-KINGS-LA and visit LAKings.com. The pre-game ceremony will air live on FS West. The Kings Live pre-game show begins at 6:30 p.m. with game-time slated for 7 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on CBC, with Hrudey part of that announce team.
The Kings (winners of seven of their last eight games) will also this Saturday be wearing their Vintage Purple and Gold Jerseys for the second and final time this season.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter's go-ahead goal capped a furious comeback as the Los Angeles Kings took a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
Los Angeles trailed by three goals early in the second period, but scored five unanswered tallies to win for a seventh time in its past eight games.
Jake Muzzin had two goals and an assist, Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar each added a goal and an assist, Justin Williams gave three helpers and Slava Voynov also scored a goal for the Kings, who have won five straight at home.
"We got away with one tonight," Kopitar said. "When you get four goals in the third period that helps a lot. They backed off a little in the second period and we took advantage of it."
Jonathan Bernier was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots while Jonathan Quick stopped 5-of-6 shots to get the win.
Chris Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron each gave a goal and an assist and Vladimir Sobotka also scored for the Blues, who have lost five of their last seven.
"We got completely away from our game plan when they tied it up," Blues winger Ryan Reaves said.
Jaroslav Halak was pulled in the third period for giving up five goals on 21 shots while Brian Elliot gave up a goal on eight shots in relief.
It was a 4-1 game after Stewart scored 6 1/2 minutes into the second, but it was all Los Angeles from there.
The Kings made it a two-goal game with 6:22 to play in the second after Voynov threw the puck on net from the right boards and it made its way through traffic and the team dominated in the third period.
Just 1:33 in, Richards followed up his own rebound in the slot and put it in net for his sixth goal of the year and Muzzin tied it 59 seconds later on his second goal of the game as a shot from a sharp angle at the left side beat Halak to the short side.
Carter, who potted his fifth career hat trick on Monday, gave the Kings a 5-4 lead at the 6:09 mark when he took a pass from Muzzin at the left circle and beat Halak with a heavy wrister for a 5-4 lead.
Kopitar capped the scoring in the game with 5:09 to play when he snuck home a loose puck in the slot past Elliott for his seventh of the season.
The Blues took a 1-0 lead at the 15:09 mark of the first period when Pietrangelo's pass from the low left side hit off the skate of Voynov in front with Perron crashing the net.
Los Angeles tied the game just 43 seconds later when Muzzin's slap shot from the left point hit off a Blue on its way to the net, but the Blues took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission as Barret Jackman's left point shot was redirected in by Sobotka in front with 1:10 left in the frame.
It was a 3-1 game just 74 seconds into the second after Pietrangelo's slap shot from the right point was tipped in by Perron and that chased Bernier from the net.
The change didn't seem to help, though, as the Blues took a 4-1 lead just over five minutes later as Stewart's backhand shot from the low left side beat Quick over the right shoulder.
Game Notes: Carter has 15 goals on the season and trails Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the league-lead by two ... Despite the 10 combined goals, neither team scored on the power play as Los Angeles went 0-for-6 and St. Louis was 0-for-3 ... The Kings host Dallas on Thursday ... St. Louis continues its five-game road trip in Phoenix on Thursday ... Los Angeles has won five of six over St. Louis, including a 4-1 decision in St. Louis on Feb. 11.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Anze Kopitar scored with 4:48 to play to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
Jeff Carter scored the other goal while Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for the Kings, who are on a five-game winning streak.
"I think we're putting together a pretty good streak here, and we've got to keep it going," Kopitar said.
Kyle Quincey scored the lone goal of the game for the Red Wings, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Jimmy Howard gave up both goals on 29 shots.
"I've got to give us a chance to win, but it wasn't enough," Howard said.
Detroit had held a 1-0 lead since halfway through the first period, but the team took a pair of penalties 22 seconds apart near the midway mark of the third period and the Los Angeles power play went to work.
Holding the disc in the high slot, Mike Richards sent a hard pass to the left side for Carter, who angled his stick for a re-direct between the pads of Howard with 9:34 to play.
The Kings then went ahead with 4:48 to play as Dwight King sent a pass from the right boards to Kopitar, who was uncovered at the circle and skated down to the front before tucking in a backhand for a 2-1 lead.
Bernier made the lead hold up and gave his team the win by stopping all 13 shots he faced in the third.
The only goal of the first two periods came at the 9:42 mark of the first. Quincey snapped the puck on net from the left boards and Bernier tried to glove it. However, the disc popped out of the glove and into the air before hitting off the helmet of the goalie and going into the net.
Game Notes: Los Angeles plays in Vancouver on Saturday ... Detroit plays in San Jose on Thursday ... Detroit defeated Los Angeles at home on Feb. 10 ... The Kings were 1-for-5 on the power play while Detroit was 0-for-3.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional draft selection in the 2013 NHL Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Simon Gagne, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Gagne, 32, has played in 11 games this season with the Kings, recording five assists and two penalty minutes. The 6-1, 195-pound native of Ste. Foy, Quebec has played in 772 career NHL regular season games with the Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Kings, recording 586 points (283-303=586) and 318 penalty minutes. In 109 career NHL playoff games he has 59 points (37-22=59) and 32 penalty minutes.
The Kings host the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow at STAPLES Center, with-game time slated for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network and KTLK AM 1150.