(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings hope to even the best-of-seven
Western Conference quarterfinals on Monday night, as they host the St. Louis
Blues in Game 4 at Staples Center.
The defending Stanley Cup champions lost the first two games of this series in
St. Louis by 2-1 scores, but the fifth-seeded Kings rebounded with a win in
Game 3 thanks to a strong performance from last spring's Conn Smythe winner.
The fourth-seeded Blues, who were swept out of the postseason by Los Angeles
in last year's conference semifinals, had an opportunity to really take a
stranglehold of this best-of-seven set on Saturday, but they couldn't manage
to get any of their 30 shots past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The reigning playoff MVP turned away every shot he faced to backstop Los
Angeles to a 1-0 victory and cut the series deficit to 2-1. It was the fifth
career playoff shutout for Quick, extending his own franchise record.
Slava Voynov provided the lone tally for the Kings.
Brian Elliott stopped 20 shots in defeat.
"We got our fair share of chances, we just have to be more determined and find
ways to score," said St. Louis forward Alexander Steen.
After needing to stop only six shots in the first period, Quick made 24 saves
of the game's final 40 minutes.
"We did what we had to do to win a game," Quick said. "Everybody worked hard.
PK came up and stepped up and played a huge role in that game."
Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 3. L.A. is 1-for-10 on the
man advantage in the series, while the Blues have scored once on 13 power-play
L.A. had an outstanding 19-4-1 record at the Staples Center this season
compared to an 8-12-4 mark on the road. The Kings also won seven straight as
the host to close the regular season and last lost at home on March 23 against
The Blues, who will host Game 5 on Wednesday, were 14-9-1 on the road during
the regular season.
Los Angeles has come back from an 0-2 hole to win a series just once in team
history, taking four straight to defeat Detroit in six games of the 2001
Western Conference quarterfinals.
This is the third all-time playoff encounter between the Kings and Blues and
St. Louis had won the first two meetings before getting swept a year ago.
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