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.

Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Jake Muzzin #6 and Jonathan Quick #32 both of the Los Angeles Kings defend the net against Andy McDonald #10 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)

Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings protests to referee Brian Pochmara #16 about a penalty called against the Kings 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)

Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings looks to clear the puck against David Perron #57 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)

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)

Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings 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)

Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Roman Polak #46 of the St. Louis Blues trips up Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings 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)

Minneosta Wild v Chicago Blackhawks - Game One

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild shoots against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

Minneosta Wild v Chicago Blackhawks - Game One

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 30: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild shoots against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)