ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Anze Kopitar #11 and Justin Williams #14 both of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate Williams' goal against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Blues Vs. Kings, Game 2: Los Angeles Dominates, Grabs Big Series Lead With 5-2 Win

The Kings were in control from the start, jumping out to an early lead and ultimately defeating the Blues 5-2 in Game 2. They carry a 2-0 series lead home to Los Angeles.

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Blues Vs. Kings, Game 2: L.A. Slaughters St. Louis Early, Takes Control Of Series

A lopsided first period gave the Kings control, enabling the chippy physical play to escalate as the series switches to L.A.

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Blues Vs. Kings, Game 2 Final Score: Los Angeles Cruises To 2-0 Series Lead

The St. Louis Blues never really had much of a chance. Just 31 seconds after the opening puck drop in Game 2, Mike Richards gave the Los Angeles Kings a lead they'd never look back on. They'd score four first-period goals en route to the 5-2 victory, jumping out to a 2-0 series lead in the process.

Richards' goal was followed by three goals over a span of 5:27 near the end of the first -- two from Anze Kopitar and one from Jeff Carter. Andy McDonald cut the Blues' deficit to 4-1 just 18 seconds into the second period, but that was short-lived as Los Angeles potted their fifth and final goal of the game 1:08 later.

The Blues settled in a bit at that point and even started to control the play. St. Louis outshot Los Angeles 9-2 in the second period and 15-3 in the third, but Jonathan Quick stood tall and the Blues failed to capitalized on their power play chances.

They got a lot of those power play chances, too, thanks to the level of physical play that picked up as the game progressed. When all was said and done, the Kings went 0-for- on the power play in the game while the Blues went 0-for-9, and the teams combined for 110 penalty minutes in total.

Game 3 is set for Thursday night at Staples Center in L.A.

We have full coverage of Kings vs. Blues Game 2 in our StoryStream. Check with St. Louis Game Time for more on the Blues, and check with Jewels From The Crown for more on the Kings.

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Blues Vs. Kings, Game 2: T.J. Oshie Hit On Dustin Penner Pushes Emotion Over Edge

We're getting to the message-sending portion of Game 2 between the Kings and Blues. Los Angeles has a 5-2 lead and the series is all but set to head west with a 2-0 Kings edge, but St. Louis isn't giving up with 12 minutes left in the game. At the very least, they're letting their opponent know this series is still a battle, even if Los Angeles has completely controlled every aspect of the hockey game thus far on Monday night.

T.J. Oshie did so with a powerful hit. Like, really powerful. Dustin Penner was the recipient, and afterwards, the teams got together and had a little party. Mike Richards challenged Oshie immediately, and then everybody forgot about the hockey thing and started doing the punching thing.

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Richards probably should have picked up an instigator penalty here. If that's not an instigator, it's tough to say what actually does fall under the rule, but he instead received two minor penalties for roughing. Penner picked up a roughing penalty too, as did Oshie and David Perron. The Blues couldn't capitalize on the ensuing power play, but that's the way things have gone for them in Game 2.

We have full coverage of Kings vs. Blues Game 2 in our StoryStream. Check with St. Louis Game Time for more on the Blues, and check with Jewels From The Crown for more on the Kings.

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Alex Pietrangelo Injury Update: Blues Defenseman Out for Game 2

Blues' star defender Alex Pietrangelo was unsure for Game 2 and skated with the team Monday morning, but he won't take the ice, per Blues beat reporter Norm Sanders:

Pietrangelo was hurt in the second period of Game 1 after he was shoved face-first into the boards by Dwight King. The hit was dirty, but King only received a two-minute minor for boarding and received no additional penalty. Taking out one of the team's better players might not be the nicest strategy - and hopefully, wasn't a strategy at all for the Kings - but Pietrangelo's absence late was a deciding factor in helping L.A. pull out the victory and came with practically no cost. It's unclear when Pietrangelo will be healthy again, but the longer it is, the worse for the Blues.

For more on the Kings, check out Jewels From The Crown, Battle Of California and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Blues, head over to St. Louis Game Time.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Blues Vs. Kings Game 2: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

Can the Kings keep up their giant-killing ways? They'll have a chance to take a 2-0 lead on the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 Monday night.

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