NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Los Angeles|
(Monday, May 6th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Justin Williams scored the winner in the
third period to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues
in Game 4 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Anze Kopitar tied the game just before Williams' goal, while Dustin Penner and
Jeff Carter had first-period goals for the Kings, who evened this best-of-
seven series at 2-2 with a pair of wins at home. Jonathan Quick stopped 19
shots in the win.
"Quick has made some big saves to keep us in it," said Kopitar. "And it's nice
to get enough goals to reward him. It's the small things that give you
success. Fortunately we got the two goals in the third and they held up."
T.J. Oshie had two goals while David Backes also lit the lamp for the
Blues, who had taken a pair of 2-1 wins in St. Louis. Brian Elliott made 25
stops in the loss.
"They took the game to another level and we didn't have an answer," said St.
Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock. "We didn't manage the puck very well in the
second or third period and they dialed it up. Now it's our job to answer."
Game 5 of this best-of-seven series takes place Wednesday in St. Louis.
St. Louis held a 3-2 lead going into the third period, but the Kings tied
things up when Dustin Brown danced around with the puck along the right boards
before sending it to the front where Kopitar one-timed it home at 7:14.
With the crowd still pumped up from the previous goal, Los Angeles went up
1:16 later as a quick shot from the left boards by Mike Richards was tipped
into the net by Williams for his second of the playoffs.
From there, Quick did the rest, but he didn't need to do much as the Los
Angeles defense neutralized the St. Louis attack by limiting the team to just
five shots to help the team even the series.
The Blues got on the board just 1:12 into the game as Jay Bouwmeester's shot
from the left wing went wide, but it bounced off the backboards and went to
the right side where Backes shot it home.
Just over three minutes later on the power play, the Blues made it a 2-0 game
as Kevin Shattenkirk's big blast from the high slot was re-directed into the
net by Oshie.
The Kings cut their deficit in half at 9:33 as a rush play saw Richards send
the puck from the left wing to the slot where Carter shifted to the backhand
before putting the disc behind Elliott.
A turnover by Jordan Leopold at the left point saw Los Angeles break the other
way on a 3-on-1 break. Jarret Stoll sent the puck from the right side to the
trailing Alec Martinez, who sent it back to Stoll for the pass over to the
left where Penner finished off the rush with his first of the playoffs.
The Blues went up 3-2 at the 5:46 mark of the second period as Vladimir
Sobotka's big shot from the right wing was stopped, but the rebound sat there
and Oshie lifted it in for his second of the game.
St. Louis was 1-for-2 on the power play while Los Angeles failed on its two
chances ... The Kings have come back from a 0-2 hole to win a series once in
team history, a six-game defeat of Detroit in the 2001 Western Conference
quarterfinals ... The Kings took all three games against the Blues in the
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