Twas an interesting day Saturday was in St. Louis, tornado sirens wailed through the afternoon leading up to game time as a string of storms crossed through Missouri, leaving a most uneasy feeling we imagine to those that made their way to the Scott Trade Centre for game one of the Blues / King Western semifinal.
When the sirens finally were silenced, the only noise that would be heard at the rink would be groans of dismay as the Blues failed to connect on their chances and the Kings made good on theirs.
The Los Angeles it seems has picked up where they left off with the Vancouver Canucks, the Kings led by the outstanding goaltending of Jonathan Quick took the play to the Blues, both in a physical way and on the scoreboard leading up to their opening night success a 3-1 victory over the number two seed in the West.
Los Angeles weathered an early game flurry of activity from the Blues who took a 1-0 lead and then watched as Quick shut the door and the Kings barged through their own openings grabbing three goals without reply to take game one.
For St. Louis beyond the concern of being down one game to none in the series, there is the worry over defence man Alex Pietrangelo and his status for Game two and beyond, Pietrangelo was injured on a hit into the end boards in game one and did not return on opening night, the Blues who clearly are in need of his help on the blue line can only wait for clearance and his return.
LA has already shifted the home ice towards Southern California, playing with gaining confidence it seems as each game progresses in this playoff year, it will be up to the Blue to try to stem that momentum and send the series to California on even terms.
Game Two-- Los Angeles 5 at St. Louis 2
Los Angeles leads the series 2 games to 0
Previews and Reviews
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- No contest: Blues blitzed by Kings
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Blues are a no show without Petro
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Blues must regain focus, fire, Pietrangelo
Los Angeles Times-- Suddenly, the Kings can't be stopped
Los Angeles Times-- Dominant first period leads Kings to 5-2 win over Blues ...
Los Angeles Daily News-- Suddenly, goals seem to be within reach for L. A.
Los Angeles Daily News-- L. A. is two good against Blues
Globe and Mail-- Kings storm Blues early to take both games in St. Louis
National Post-- Why the Kings are worth watching
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Petro return would be a triumph
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Blues in familiar spot down 1-0 against LA
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Pietrangelo may be available for Game 2
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Hitchcock tinkers with his offense
Los Angeles Times-- Kings could face short-handed Blues team in Game 2
Los Angeles Times-- Slava Voynov helps Kings to get going
Los Angeles Daily News-- If we know anything about these Kings, it's to expect the ...
Globe and Mail-- Blues' Pietrangelo not at practice ahead of Game 2
National Post-- Blues could be without defence man Alex Pietrangelo for Game 2 against Kings
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