Kings Vs. Blues, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 4: L.A. Holds 2-1 Lead After 2nd Period, Looking For Sweep

The Los Angeles Kings are hoping for a quick sweep of the St. Louis Blues at home Sunday afternoon, and after two periods, they hold a 2-1 lead and appear to be on their way to accomplishing that feat. The Kings got almost no offense going in the second period — they had just three shots on goal — but it didn't matter. The star of this series all along has been goaltender Jonathan Quick and, other than a first-period Kevin Shattenkirk goal, that story has held true in Game 4.

Both teams had two penalties in the second period, but there were no full power plays, as a few seconds after Blues center David Backes drew an elbowing penalty, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty found himself in the box for interference. Just two minutes later, the Kings' bench was penalized for too many men on the ice, and just over a minute later, Blues center Scott Nichol was booked for high-sticking. Neither team could capitalize on their advantages.

Entering the third period, the Blues will need to find a way to get by Quick, because he's been sensational. He's got 16 saves, but many of them have come while he was being shielded and he managed to deflect on-target shots anyway. If the Blues can't break through, their season will come to an end Sunday at Staples Center.

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