Wow. Can you say, driver's seat? If they win game 3, stick a fork in the Kings.
This has to be a tough one for the Kings. They played better, but could only get the one goal. And the Blues didn't wear down, they got stronger as the game went on. And Quick once again gives up a soft game winning goal very, very late.
The officiating in the first and half of the 2nd period was awful. Horrible. Some of the dumbest calls I've seen in a playoff game.
The refs totally took control of the game and dictated play. They zapped any energy and flow the game would have had by calling ticky-tack lame penalties...a couple of which weren't even penalties. It looked like neither team wanted to exert too much physical energy, because they didn't know what was going to get called.
You gotta let these two teams play. They are big and physical and they play rough. Let 'em go...call the obvious stuff. Don't look for the little things.
The bad calls cost the Blues a goal...thankfully they overcame it.
The Kings played better in the first half of the game than they did in game 1. You figured they would after the Blues owned them on Tuesday. But they didn't dominate like the Blues did in game 1. They were better, but not great. Everyone was saying the Kings were going to come out like crazed animals and hit everything that moved and hit the Blues in the mouth. Well, I didn't see that at all. The Blues were the more physical team once again. I saw the Kings with the better of the play for the first part of the game and they had some pressure at times and some very good chances, but the Blues got better as the game went on, and after Berglund scored early in the 3rd, the Blues had the better of the play for most of the 3rd.
Elliott was the man again. Damn he's been good.
He outplayed Quick and he is the reason we're up 2-0.
Who would have thunk it...before last season, if I were to tell you that I'd be scared to death when Elliott looked like he was hurt pretty bad, because I didn't want Halak to come in.
Quick was excellent once again. But again, he should have stopped Jackman's shot...and it cost them a chance to win the game in OT.
You see some of these other goals going in on other goalies in other games...and you hope that we're able to get by the Kings and play one of these other teams. Because Quick has stolen at least half a dozen goals from the Blues in the first two games that nobody else would have stopped.
I thought the Kings did a good job of mucking up the slot area and not allowing the Blues to get shots off when the puck was loose. It's a war in front of the net at both ends of the ice.