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Road to Stanley Cup: Kings sweep Blues in second round

The Kings make short work of a strong St. Louis team, knocking off the Western Conference's second-seeded team in four games.

June 13, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Kings forward Colin Fraser, right, lines up St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk for a hit during Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Kings forward Colin Fraser, right, lines up St. Louis defenseman Kevin… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

SECOND ROUND

Game 1

April 28, 2012

Kings 3, at St. Louis 1

What happened: Matt Greene scored his first career playoff goal short-handed late in the second period and defenseman Slava Voynov also got his first career playoff goal as the Kings remained undefeated on the road in the playoffs.

Three stars: Jonathan Quick, Kings (28 saves); Greene (short-handed goal); Dustin Penner, Kings (1 goal, 2 assists).

Game 2

April 30, 2012

Kings 5, at St. Louis 2

What happened: Anze Kopitar scored twice in a four-goal first period. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter each had a goal and Dustin Brown and Penner each had two assists in a period that was one goal shy of the franchise playoff record of five in 1993 against Vancouver.

Three stars: Kopitar (2 goals); Brown (3 assists); Quick (28 saves).

Game 3

May 3, 2012

At Kings 4, St. Louis 2

What happened: Richards scored the Kings' first power-play goal in six games before setting up Drew Doughty's clinching goal with 11 minutes 48 seconds to play. Doughty finished with a goal and two assists. The Kings were in an 0-for-30 power-play drought before Richards' goal.

Three stars: Doughty (1 goal, 2 assists); Chris Stewart, Blues (2 goals); Richards (1 goal, 1 assist).

Game 4

May 6, 2012

At Kings 3, St. Louis 1

What happened: Brown scored two goals, Quick made 23 saves, and the eighth-seeded Kings swept the second-seeded Blues to advance to the conference finals for only the second time in club history. The Kings became the first eighth-seeded team in NHL history to eliminate their conference's two top-seeded teams in the same postseason.

Three stars: Quick (23 saves); Brown (2 goals); Kopitar (2 assists).

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