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Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Kyle Clifford #13 of the Los Angeles Kings looks to steal the puck from Jordan Leopold #33 of the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 30, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

NHL drops the puck on the Stanley Cup playoffs

The quest for Lord Stanley's goblet began Thursday night in Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim.