You know a game didn’t break your way when Jeff Carter is able to bank his own rebound off Roman Polak’s mouth for the third and winning goal.
After giving up four goals in the first period, the St. Louis Blues never recovered, losing 5-2 in Game 2 on Monday vs. Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar scored two of the four goals in the first period, as the Kings came out of the block sprinting past a once again lack luster St. Louis Blues squad. Tonight’s win is the fifth straight postseason win for the Los Angeles Kings, and now the series moves back to the West coast.
The Kings’ blockbuster first period was highlighted by goals from Brad Richards, Jeff Carter, and Kopitar, with assists from Dustin Penner and Dustin Brown. Brown assisted on Kopitar’s short-handed goal and has been a part of all four of the Kings’ short-handed goals in the playoffs.
The Blues tried to get their legs back under them in the second period, starting their rally with a goal by Andy McDonald just 18 seconds into the second period. Unfortunately this score was immediately answered by a Kings goal from Justin Williams.
St. Louis was able to score one more goal in the third period, courtesy of Matt D’Agostini, but it was not enough to recover from the four goal onslaught that the Kings dished out in the first period.
With a five game win streak in the current 2012 second season push, the Kings are sitting pretty headed back to the left coast for home ice advantage. The Blues are only 1-16 when going down 0-2, with the lone exception being the 1972 playoff series against Minnesota in which they rallied to win in seven games.
The consistently fierce defense that the Blues displayed during the majority of the regular season has been all but non-existent in this current 2012 playoff run. The four goals that they gave up in the first period in Game 2 was more than they had given up in ANY regular season period this year.
St. Louis fans were hoping to see a hungry Blues team in Game 2, but it looks like Coach Ken Hitchcock is going to have to dig a little deeper to find a way to motivate his squad. Thursday the Blues will have their chance to prove that they have the internal fortitude to get it done on the road and make this series interesting.
Head west my sons … Go Blues!