MacDonald's flub - there is a King's stick on top of his when he tries to put it into the empty net. This is what I mean about the Kings defenders taking away 2nd chance opportunities.
One thing that stands out thinking about it - outside of the Kings only goal, scored on a ridiculous scramble - how many times did the Kings get chances immediately after a save? I can't think of hardly any. Almost every time Elliott made a save, the Kings had to work to even get a 2nd chance or it resulted in a faceoff. Meanwhile, the Blues were generating 2nd chances off of rebounds. Had it not been for the Kings strong defensive play, the Blues bury that game. If the Blues get by the Kings, who I think are probably the best of the Western teams defensively other than the Blues, St Louis has a serious shot at the Cup. Which is why this series is so darn important.
Chicago - great offense, a question in goal with Crawford, and their defense is suspect when forechecked consitently - which the Blues can do.
Anaheim - IMO, this would be the 2nd toughest test after the Kings. Would be a fun series to watch, but the way the Blues are currently playing is not something Anaheim has seen this season. Is the Blues defensive style of play along with the aggressive hitting enough to stop the Ducks offense. Would be very fun to watch, regardless of the result. - But sadly, Detroit would be easier to defeat, so I have to say Go Wings, sadly.
Vancouver- puh-lease. We see what San Jose is doing to them.
San Jose - puh-lease. The Blues solved them last season by doing what they did to the Kings in game 1 this season.
Detroit - Just let Perron run Howard a few times, he will get off his game, and the Blues forecheck will do the rest.
Minnesota - they are in goaltending hell right now and are going down to Chicago. Not near enough depth to deal with a team which can roll 4 effective lines.
(FRANK) the Kings!!!!