EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Robyn Regehr broke his nose and got a puck in his ear, while captain Dustin Brown merely has a jagged cut on the bridge of his unbroken nose. Other Los Angeles Kings bear their own souvenirs, and several St. Louis Blues are similarly marked up.
After five bruising games of this first-round playoff series, the Kings and Blues are pretty certain they're hitting each other harder and more often than most NHL clubs. Dustin Penner's friends around the league can tell it's a brutal matchup just by watching on television.
"I have to think it's the most physical (series) I've played in so far," said the Kings forward, a two-time Stanley Cup winner who is missing a front tooth.
With three straight victories heading into Game 6 on Friday night, the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings are on the brink of a remarkable comeback to win this punishing series. They know they'll still have to knock over the Blues to get that last victory.
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