"We knew we could win four games," Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick told NBCSN's Daryl Reaugh after Game 6. Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, rebounded after a shaky start to the series and helped backstop the Kings to four straight wins en route to eliminating the St. Louis Blues for the second straight year.
All six games were decided by one goal, with Game 6 ending as the third 2-1 final score of the series. Just to add to the late scoring drama of the series, Dustin Penner took until almost the final tick of the clock to put the Kings up 2-1 with 0.2 seconds left in the second period:
The Blues will have a long summer to look back and wonder where some of their top scorers disappeared to. David Perron, Andy McDonald and Chris Stewart went goalless in the series and combined for three assists. If not for Alex Steen (3 goals), this series might have ended sooner.
GM Doug Armstrong will be busy considering his options with Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrik Berglund scheduled to become restricted free agents.
However the rest of the first round finishes, the Kings will face a California opponent in either the San Jose Sharks or the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference semifinals.
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