Kings Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: L.A. Wins 4-2, Takes 3-0 Series Lead

On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Kings hosted the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Kings had entered the series as heavy underdogs, but are once again on the verge of toppling the favorites and advancing. After Thursday's 4-2 victory, the Kings are now up 3-0 and on the verge of a sweep.

The Blues looked overmatched right from the beginning and were only able to be as close as a 1-1 tie for 40 seconds in the second period.

The Kings took a 3-1 lead into the final period of regulation. Chris Stewart scored his second goal of the game at 4:35 in the third period to cut the Kings' lead to 3-2, but Drew Doughty got his first goal of the postseason at 8:12 to effectively seal the deal.

Jonathan Quick was once again clutch in the net for Los Angeles, saving 18 of 20 shots on goal.

For more on the Kings, head to Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Blues, visit St. Louis Game Time and SB Nation St. Louis. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stick with SB Nation's NHL hub.

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