NHL Playoffs 2012: Los Angeles Kings Are the Team to Beat

May 1st, 2012 by Joshua Moeschl Leave a reply »
Now holding a 2-0 series lead over the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings are playing their best hockey of the season. LA scored five goals on Monday night, an almost incomprehensible output considering this team was second-to-last in the NHL in scoring this season. 

The Kings have all the weapons offensively, but until recently they were Mount St. Helen's. They always had the potential to score at will, so what changed to finally blow this volcano sky-high?

Goaltender Jonathan Quick is establishing himself as the best netminder in hockey. Much like Tim Thomas a year ago, Quick is carrying the Kings. Knowing you can afford to take some chances in the offensive zone allows the Kings players to play to their strengths.

Captain Dustin Brown has taken control of his team and made it a point to finish his checks on anyone in his way. He has always been a big hitter and it is getting under the Blues' skin. Scoring four goals in the first period Monday night in St. Louis, the Kings' offense is rolling.

"We got off to a good start. I mean, scoring 30 seconds into a game helps," said Brown, who had three assists. "But we didn't let off th ...

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