Kings Put Blues on Brink of Elimination After 4-2 Victory in Game 3

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIMay 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03:  (R) Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his second period power play goal with teammate Anze Kopitar #11 against the St. Louis Blues in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ladies and gentlemen, what you are seeing is no fluke.

The Los Angeles Kings are for real.

After their 4-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday night, the Kings put themselves one game away from advancing to the Western Conference finals.

And this time it wasn't all about Jonathan Quick.

Quick had what would be considered an average day by his standards, allowing two weak goals off of 20 shots, but the Kings never let up and quickly applied pressure to show St. Louis and the rest of the country that they are a serious force in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kings have scored nine goals in the last two games and have put all of their offensive questions aside.

After they stormed the Blues for four goals in the first period of Game 2, the Kings continued to apply pressure to St. Louis and spent most of the opening period of Game 3 in the Blues zone.

St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott has looked like a shell of himself this round giving up 11 goals in three games to a team that finished next to last in scoring during the regular season.


The team that catches fire right before the playoffs is normally the team that fares the most.


See: Los Angeles Kings.

The Blues finished the regular season with 109 points and the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, while the Kings spent the last month fighting to get in.

The point is the Blues were not supposed to be in this situation. Then again, neither were the Kings.

Los Angeles is 7-1 this postseason and have now become the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

It would be the first time in NHL history an eighth-seeded team won the league championship and the first for the Kings in franchise history.

As for St. Louis, they have reached "panic mode" and must now fight for their playoff lives. It isn't impossible for the Blues to come back, but it is far from likely.

I think there is a greater chance of Jimmy Hoffa being found than the Blues ousting the Kings in seven games.


The Kings have found their offensive groove at the right time and has the "City of Angels" in hockey fever.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03:  (R) Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his third period goal with teammates Jeff Carter #77 and Mike Richards #10 against the St. Louis Blues in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NH
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The "Show-me state" on the other hand has some serious problems. Their beloved hockey franchise had one of its best regular seasons in team history and is now trying to save face for the sake of not being swept by the eighth seed.

Make no mistake: This is no ordinary eighth seed St. Louis is dealing with.

L.A. dominated the President's Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks and are now making a mockery of the Blues; a team who finished the season with 14 more points than the Kings did.

With the exception of a weakside goal and an unlucky break, Los Angeles gave St. Louis nothing to work with and forced them into several avoidable penalties.

That's what happens when you're desperate. You make stupid decisions and eventually cost your team goals in the long run.

Just ask Jamie Langenbrunner whose interference penalty set up Kings forward Mike Richards to score the first power play goal for the Kings in the series.

Dwight King got his first postseason goal to give the Kings a 2-1 lead shortly after Chris Stewart had tied it up for St. Louis.


King on the Kings. It doesn't get any better than that.

This is the most exciting time for Kings fans since the 1993 finals when L.A. lost to Montreal in five games.

L.A. has yet to taste Stanley Cup glory but sure are playing hungry.

They have taken the NHL by storm during these playoffs and are nobody is taking them lightly.

The Kings were not supposed to be here; but it doesn't look like they're going away any time soon.