For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Kings have defeated the St. Louis Blues to advance in the NHL Playoffs. In this new episode, Chris is once again joined by hockey blogger Alex Kinkopf to discuss Game 6, present a Playoff Beard Update (sort of), give an official See Ya! to the Blues and breakdown the Pros & Cons of playing the Sharks or Ducks in the next round. Go Kings!
The tide has turned! In a series momentum shift the Los Angeles Kings have taken a 3-2 lead after a tight OT win against the St. Louis Blues. In this episode, KingsCast blogger Alex Kinkopf co-hosts as we discuss Game 5, breakdown the scoring, goaltending & physicality of the series, present a Playoff Beard update, preview Game 6 and read the best post-win comments from Facebook. Close it out Kings!
Boom! The LA Kings storm back to take the game and even the series with the St. Louis Blues at 2 games a piece. In this new installment we breakdown Game 4, discuss the full team effort, give a Playoff Beard update and preview Game 5 in St. Louis. Go Kings!
That’s more like it! The Los Angeles Kings hold on for a 1-0 win against the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center in Game 3, making the series 2-1 Blues. In this episode we breakdown the game, preview Game 4, discuss Staples Center concessions, update our Playoff beard tracker and provide genius commentary. Go Kings!
The Stanley Cup title defense has begun! In this episode we breakdown Game 1 between the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues, make witty observations & give our Top 5 changes Coach Sutter should make for Game 2. Go Kings!
The Kings’ 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals was a slap back to reality if you will, a little jolt to refresh you on what life in the NHL playoffs is really about.
Snap out of that 2012 magic.
The scoreboard didn’t do Tuesday night’s contest justice. Jonathan Quick was turning away digit changes on Scottrade Center‘s score clocks under St. Louis’ name at a rate faster than his own last name.
Quick saved the Kings Tuesday night, absolutely stood on his head in a phenomenal effort to give our lackluster roster any prayer of a chance to win the contest.
Ironically, and in utterly painful fashion, Jonathan Quick also lost the game for the Kings.
It was a missed opportunity to wreck and absolutely bury St. Louis’ psychological state.
It was a missed opportunity to, and I say this in the most literal way possible, steal a game from the St. Louis Blues.
Because to be fair, level-headed, and accountable about the Kings’ performance in their postseason opener on Tuesday night; they certainly, and without a doubt, did not deserve to win that contest. The fact Justin Williams found a sliver of open space atop the left shoulder of the Blues’ Brian Elliott with just :31.6 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime was a steal in itself.
A steal, that is, that the Kings would get caught loose-handed with in the overtime frame.
Where Momma keeps the Cookies
Dancing with the Disc: The St. Louis Blues were looking for a glimmer of hope against the Kings Tuesday night, one that would provide a boost of confidence to a team the Kings had defeated eight consecutive times, and in 10 of their previous 11 meetings.
All it takes is one bounce, one play.
When you’re as unfortunate as the Blues have been against the Kings, you’re not so much leaning on the execution of a set play, but the advantage of a unique, jaw-dropping instance that figures into a magnificent development that revives you more than a lay after a dry period.
That happened to the Blues, the Kings felt it. It came at the 6:34 mark of the first overtime period, just after the Kings had been granted a golden opportunity from the act of a stick hitting face.
Kevin Shattenkirk caught Dustin Penner with a high stick behind the net just :41 seconds of game-play prior to Alexander Steen‘s game-winning tally.
Shattenkirk’s stick didn’t just strike Penner’s mug, it struck blood, signaling an automatic double-minor 4:00 minute powerplay for the Kings. This, just as the Kings were showing signs of their old selves, deep into a period that saw them reclaim momentum on St. Louis, outshooting the Blues 10-5 and controlling the majority of puck possession.
Script it as a steal, the Kings were running away with absolute robbery.
Then they got caught, caught sleeping when the St. Louis blues were not just down, but short-handed.
Dabble with it
Short handed, hot handed
Your Medicine: The Blues beat the Kings Tuesday night, the same way the Kings beat the Blues in last year’s Western Conference Semifinals series, where the Kings swept St. Louis convincingly with four straight victories.
Matt Greene recorded the Kings’ game-winning goal in Game 1 of their series with the St. Louis Blues last season on April 28, 2012 at Scottrade Center in short-handed fashion.
Alexander Steen potted the game-winner for St. Louis in Game 1 this time around, also in short-handed fashion.
Call it walking on flip-flops.
The Kings scored two short-handed goals in all against the St. Louis Blues last postseason, with Anze Kopitar netting the eventual game-tying goal en rout to the Kings locking up a 5-2 victory on March 30th, 2012 at Scottrade Center.
For the first time in five postseason series’ the Kings have lost the opening contest. The four previous series’ began on the road as well, the Kings regaining home-ice advantage with each of their Game 1 victories.
Scoring first against the Blues has proven critical to the Kings success against them in the past. Scoring in general is key as well. The Kings outscored the Blues 15-6 in four playoff meetings last season, and outscored them 14-7 in their three regular season meetings this year.
The Kings, after last night had lost to the Blues just one other time in 12 meetings. Offensive struggle was a factor, the Kings getting shutout 1-0 on February 3rd, 2012 at Scottrade Center.
The 2013 NHL regular season concludes as the Kings land in the 5 spot. In this installment we quickly breakdown the games against the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings & San Jose Sharks, present our Top 5 Reasons why playing the St. Louis Blues in Round 1 is awesome, introduce our KingsCast Playoff Beard tracker and preview the playoffs.
The LA Kings push towards the Stanley Cup playoffs continues. In this brand new episode we breakdown the games against the Blues, Stars, Coyotes & Wild, discuss the trade deadline, do a See Ya for Davis Drewiske and welcome the newest King Robyn Regehr. Buckle up, it’s going to be quite a ride!
It’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final and the Los Angeles Kings were looking to finish it in New Jersey. It didn’t happen. For hockey fans: we have a series! For Kings fans: oh, why me!? In this episode we break down the game and give you our Top 5 reasons why the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup.