Los Angeles Kings Western Conference Finals Prediction: The “Quick” or the Dead?

Outshot, outskated and outmaneuvered, only one man stood between NHL history and a return trip to St. Louis.

Jonathan Quick obviously doesn't dig the Arch.

If The Avengers need another superhero, they may have found one in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.  Who cares if the Hulk can fling tanks and tear apart city streets? Let’s see any one of them stops 96 out of 102 shots for a .941 save percentage and a 1.50 GAA.  

If you still hold the misguided belief that Mr. Quick isn’t the best goalie in the NHL, look no further than Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. Down one goal and facing elimination, the Blues attacked—12 times to be exact. St. Louis outshot the Kings 12-1 in the second period, but when the blizzard of pucks mercifully ceased at the sound of the horn, the score stubbornly remained 2-1 in Los Angeles’ favor.

Credit the Blues. Down a perilous 3-0 in the series, St. Louis never stopped believing and they never stopped fighting. They were much better at landing punches than goals, however, and were never able to checkmate the King standing on the other end. 

As Dustin Brown came streaking down the ice in the waning seconds of the game, the fans were at a loss for words. This wasn’t Kobe hitting the game-winning shot or Magic feeding Kareem for a breathtaking jam. The breakaway and the open net was the same, but for the first time since “The Great One” landed east of Hollywood, Basketball Haven suddenly transformed into Los Angeles Hockey Place.

20,000 white towels twirled in unison. The jubilation and frantic scrum which followed was deafening. The Blues stared blankly from the bench as the Kings celebrated on the ice and saluted the sea of purple and black jerseys.

This was only the beginning.  

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