Blues - Game 1 blog

Blues - Game 1 blog

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 28: Andy McDonald #10 of the St. Louis Blues passes there puck against Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 28, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Jeff Abeln, News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:04 PM

(HockeyStL) - Jeff Abeln is covering the Blues game from the Scottrade Center.

FINAL: Kings 3, Blues 1

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The refs haven't been great tonight. They've missed a few calls for the Blues and it seems like it's starting to get to the Note. You can slowly tell they're becoming very frustrated. 9:30 to go in the game, the Blues trail 2-1.

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Alex Pietrangelo is being evaluated and is questionable to return to the game. He went nearly head first into the boards after Dwight King checked him in the second period. This would be a huge blow if the Blues lost him for the series.

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Alex Pietrangelo was just drilled into the boards by Dwight King. King got 2:00 for boarding.

But less than 20 seconds into the Blues' power play L.A.'s Matt Greene followed up on a rebound putting the puck past Brian Elliott. 2-1 Kings entering the third period.

Elliott appeared to have slipped trying to recover after the first block.

Jonathan Quick looks outstanding in goal for the Kings; this could be a tough battle for the Blues to comeback and win.

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We expected a low scoring game and that's what we have. It's 1-1 with just over eight minutes to play in the second period.

Both teams are playing great defense. The game isn't terribly physical, but there have been a few big hits. The Kings are out shooting the Blues 17-16.

Earlier this week T.J. Oshie stressed the importance of being physical, but avoiding stupid penalties, and thus far the club hasn't been in the box too much.

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After one period the Blues and Kings are tied at one.

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Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick has been tremendous in the first period. He's saved 12 of 13 shots, but the game could easily be 3-1 Blues if it weren't for a few of Quick's incredible saves.

David Perron scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the Note a 1-0 lead. With just under three minutes to play in the first period, Slava Voynov scored to tie the game.

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Checking in from the Scott... It was crazy trying to park and deal with the storms… Despite the heavy storms, the place is still packed.

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