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Los Angeles Continuing Postseason Magic
The Los Angeles Kings are the 8-seed of the 2012 playoffs, but apparently nobody told them that they were suppose to be the worst team in the Western Conference. After stunning the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks three times in Canada to win that series in five games, the Kings have now beaten the 2-seeded Blues in both games played in St. Louis. Taking a 2-0 lead in any series is huge, but after the absolute beat down the Blues absorbed in Game 2, a trip to Los Angeles will likely be the nail in the coffin for St. Louis.
How bad did it go for the Blues in Game 2?
Game 2 went so badly for the Blues that it was probably over 30 seconds into the first period for the Blues, and was definitely over when the period concluded with the Kings up 4-0. The Kings did everything right in Game 2, scoring early, playing great defense and even knocking in yet another back-breaking short-handed goal. The crowd was silent. The Blues had nothing left to give but some some cheap shots. The two losses on home ice made it obvious to all hockey and sports fans the series that on paper looked like it would be one of the more intriguing and exciting this year in the playoffs was likely going to be over quickly.
The Series Moves Now Moves To L.A.
The Kings are 5-0 on the road thus far in the playoffs, and 6-1 through the first 7 games. They have by far looked like the most dominate team in the entire playoffs. By winning one of the next two games at home, Los Angeles can basically seal up a date with the Western Conference Finals. With the Phoenix Coyotes also up 2-0 in their series against the Nashville Predators, wouldn't it be ironic having Wayne Gretzky (a part owner of the Coyotes) return to Los Angeles for the Western Conference Finals?
Gretzky is widely credited for bringing enthusiasm for hockey to the Southern California community when he led the Los Angeles Kings to the Finals in 1993 against the eventual champion Montreal Canadians.
The Blues are a good team with a lot of youth. Simply making the playoffs is something that the squad can gain a lot of experience from and build off of down the line. Unfortunately, they ran into a Kings squad that is ready to take it to the next level now, and won't stop until they are hoisting the Stanley Cup.