The happiest people in Los Angeles these days may not be Kings, Clippers or Lakers, but the folks that earn a living at the Staples Centre, the hub of Los Angeles sport these days has been a happenin' place this week and the Kings are up with a Game Four opportunity to sweep the St. Louis Blues.
Los Angeles has pretty well kept the pace that they dismissed the Vancouver Canucks with, a hard hitting, strong defensive game that sends out the offensive guns when the time provides for them, making much of the opportunities provided along the way.
The Blues, a young team that had a remarkable year suddenly have run out of gas, they have looked beaten in their last few games and short of a remarkable effort on Sunday, it doesn't seem likely that the Kings will be denied their pass into the Western Final.
With a sellout crowd of boisterous Kings fans in attendance for Sunday, Los Angeles has the opportunity to close out the series in front of fan base and a city that has begun to embrace them once again, reports from Game three suggested that the celebrity cache that every Los Angeles team seeks to acquire have started to return to the Kings.
Luc Robitaille apparently renewing acquaintances with Kings fans of the past looking to jump on board what appears to be a team not only on the rise, but suddenly ready to contend for the Stanley Cup right now.
Not to get ahead of them or anything, but from what we've seen from the Blues thus far, we don't see them providing for a detour from the Kings plan to move forward to the next round.
And the staff at the Staples Centre may just get a few days off to catch their breath.
Game 4-- St. Louis 1 at Los Angeles 3
KINGS WIN the series 4 games to 0
Previews and Reviews
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St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Blues swept out of playoffs by Kings
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Kings 3, Blues 1
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- LA series doesn't wipe out Blues' accomplishments
St. Louis Post Disptach-- Blues response was too little, too late
St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Shattenkirk breaks through with first playoff goal
Globe and Mail-- Brown, Quick lead Kings to sweep of Blues
National Post-- Los Angeles Kings complete surprising sweep of St. Louis Blues
Los Angeles Times-- Los Angeles Kings have a chance to make history
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Los Angeles Times-- St. Louis' Ken Hitchcock says Drew Doughty is best in the series
Los Angeles Times-- Kings going into Game 4 against Blues with eyes wide open
Los Angeles Daily News-- Kings steamrolling through postseason
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St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Courtnall's hit was big moment in 1998 series
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Globe and Mail-- Darryl Sutter has Kings on brink of finishing Blues
Globe and Mail-- L. A. Kings emerge from rough season as a playoff powerhouse
National Post-- Kings' Dustin Brown, Blues' David Backes are perfect playoff leaders
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