It was déjà vu for the St. Louis Blues as the Los Angeles Kings eliminated them from the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight year on Friday. The defending Stanley Cup Champions won 2-1 to take the series 4-2.
The six games were close and only won by one goal. But the Blues only won the first two games. It was the first time in 11 tries the Blues lost a series after leading 2-0. They are 0-8 in elimination games since April 2000.
The game was 1-1 in the second period, but with .2 seconds left in the period, Dustin Prenner put the Kings up 2-1. He went through the neutral zone and shot it just inside the Blues zone. The puck went off the Blues’ Roman Polak and deflected past goalie Brian Elliott.
The defense on both sides kept the game interesting. Elliott only faced 16 shots and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick faced 22. Each team only had one penalty, but a lot of hits. Breitbart Sports predicted it would be the most physical series of the first round and the teams did not disappoint.
The Kings will find out on Monday if the play the Anaheim Ducks, who play a game seven against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night, or the San Jose Sharks, who swept the Vancouver Canucks.