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NHL playoffs: Voynov lifts Kings over Blues 3-2 in OT; L.A. leads series 3-2

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The largely unheralded Slava Voynov has now notched two game-winning goals in the series. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

By Allan Muir

This was the one that got away.

Not that the St. Louis Blues really deserved to win Game 5 Wednesday night. If anything, the Los Angeles Kings played better in a contest in which they never trailed while the Blues struggled–again–to cash in on enough of their premium scoring chances to get the job done. But by coming back from a goal down not once but twice — including a last-minute game-saver by Alex Pietrangelo that sent it to overtime — it just felt like maybe this was the one that was destined to fall the way of a team that always seems to come up short this time of year.

And then Slava Voynov, who already had one game-winner in the series, ended those hopes with a wicked wrister in OT, giving the Kings a 3-2 win and a 3-2 series lead.

The Blues once led the Kings 2-0 in this series, but failed to put the champs on their backs by losing a pair of very winnable games in Los Angeles. Now, after letting this one get away from them, they face the daunting task of winning at the Staples Center, where they’ve lost seven straight, just to force a Game 7.

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  • Published On May 09, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: L.A. Kings beat St. Louis Blues in Game 3; Blues lead series 2-1

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    Kings goalie Jonathan Quick redeemed himself after two sloppy outings vs. the Blues. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    No doubt that Jonathan Quick’s teammates appreciated him stepping up to take the blame after his miscues led to the winning goals by the St. Louis Blues in the first two games of their series. But all the Los Angeles Kings really needed from him was one of those gritty, never-say-die performances that were a staple of the team’s run to the 2012 Stanley Cup.

    Quick came through with a gem on Saturday night, stopping 30 shots to earn his fifth career postseason shutout as the Kings snatched a 1-0 win a trimmed the Blues’ series lead to 2-1.

    Here are some observations from Game 3:

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  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • Top Line: Islanders stun Penguins, Canadiens avenge Eller, more links

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    Kyle Okposo (center) and the Islanders showcased their toughness in a comeback win over Pittsburgh. (Getty)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Penguins led Game 2 with their strength, Sidney Crosby. The New York Islanders countered with theirs: fearless resistance. Amazingly, it was enough for the Isles to steal a thriller in Pittsburgh.

    • Sean Gentile breaks down Pittsburgh’s Game 2 break down. Is brutal puck management on the list? You bet.

    • Montreal’s annoyance with Ottawa coach Paul MacLean inspired their gutsiest performance of the season.

    • Ottawa needs to start driving to the net if it wants the upper hand in this series, because Craig Anderson can’t do it all by himself.

    • I’m not coming around to Cam Cole’s thinking on the need for thinking to evolve on what is and isn’t a clean hit in hockey but he makes a very compelling case. This is a must-read.

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  • Published On May 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Crosby awaits clearance, Kings set to defend Cup, more links

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    Sidney Crosby has been practicing with the Penguins

    Sidney Crosby says he’s been getting used to the face shield he’ll need to wear when he returns. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Sidney Crosby is waiting to hear from doctors if he will be cleared to play in Game 1 of the playoffs. With all that’s on the line, I’m surprised that NBC hasn’t suggested he see Dr. Leo Spacemen. If he wants clearance that bad, all Sid has to do is dance for it.

    • Marc-Andre Fleury recognizes that he is the question mark for the Cup-or-bust Penguins. He thinks his new role as a father will help him get through any rough spots. Ah, new fathers. Is there anything they won’t tell themselves in their sleep-deprived delirium?

    • The Red Wings are riding a wave of momentum that could lead to a first-round upset of the Ducks.

    • Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau won’t tip his hand and reveal who is starting in goal for the Ducks, but he is willing to accept the underdog role against the seventh-seeded Wings. Apparently every team is the underdog this spring.

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  • Published On Apr 30, 2013
  • Top Line: New NHL-Olympic issues, Craig Anderson faces ban, more links

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    Danny Briere has five goals and eight assists in 26 games this season. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Logistics, not insurance, has emerged as the thorniest issue as negotiations attempting to ensure NHL participation in the Sochi Olympics resumed in New York Friday.

    • Philly forward Danny Briere returns to the lineup Saturday after missing 10 games with a concussion. He might want to start grabbing some souvenirs. Odds are he won’t be back with the Flyers next season.

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  • Published On Apr 13, 2013
  • Top Line: Red hot Blues goalie, Vladimir Konstantinov’s battle, more links

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    Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues is on a shutout streak.

    The last goaltender the sputtering Wild wanted to see was Brian “Mister Zero” Elliott. (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Remember when St. Louis sent Brian Elliott to the minors because he couldn’t stop a beach ball? He’s back now, and after watching him record his third consecutive shutout, the Blues might want to ship a few more guys down to Peoria for a tune-up.

    • Minnesota has been shut out three times in the past four games and the Wild lost defenseman Ryan Suter to an undisclosed injury last night. But coach Mike Yeo is upbeat because, well, why wouldn’t he be?

    • Josh Bailey scored twice to lead the pesky Islanders to their eighth win in 10 games. If you haven’t checked them out lately, you might want to catch ‘em this weekend against the archrival Rangers. Or you could just wait until the playoffs. (No, it’s only a jinx if they’re on the cover of the magazine.)

    • So let’s add up the day in Boston: Loss to the Isles, the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation refuses to release Carl Soderberg, and Brad Marchand is diagnosed with a concussion after that hit from Anton Volchenkov. I’m guessing someone’s dog probably died, too.

    • It ended with a shootout win, but another soft effort against a patsy has to be a concern for Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter.

    • Braden Holtby recovered from a shaky start to post a career-high 43 saves as the Capitals captured their sixth straight win. Nice to get the two points, but they might want to look into how the Hurricanes ran off the first 14 shots of the game.

    • George Malik is clearly beaten down by Detroit’s OT loss to the Sharks.

    • That loss seems pretty trivial when you read this touching story about former Detroit great Vladimir Konstantinov and the daily battles he fights 16 years after his career-ending car wreck.

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  • Published On Apr 12, 2013


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