Discuss: Quick outduels Elliott in series opener

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Blues coach Ken Hitchcock suggested that this series might not be as much of a low-scoring affair as people are predicting. Perhaps not, but Game 1 at least was the goaltending duel that almost everyone anticipated it would be.

Jonathan Quick and Brian Elliott allowed a combined three goals and the Kings also got an empty netter in their 3-1 victory over St. Louis.

Here’s a few post-game notes:

  • The Blues spent eight of the final 20 minutes of the game killing off penalties. St. Louis didn’t allow a power-play goal, but it’s still very hard to stage a comeback under those circumstances.
  • The squads’ combined shots total for the first period was 24, but they only managed 33 shots on goal for the remainder of the game.
  • Blues’ defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was boarded by Dwight King in the second period and left the game.
  • Slava Voynov and Matt Greene each netted their first goal of the playoffs for Los Angeles.
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