Found May 05, 2013 on Frozen Notes:
Immediately following their loss in Game 3, Ken Hitchcock headed for the St. Louis dressing room. As he did so he passed Vladimir Tarasenko, a healthy scratch for the first three games of the series. Hitchcock made a quick statement which signals we'll be seeing Tarasenko in this series very soon: "Get ready to play." There are two potential scenarios here. There's either an injury to a forward that might force someone to miss a game (Jaden Schwartz looked a bit banged up in game 3) or Hitchcock wants to add in a bit more offensive skill into the lineup after a Game 3 loss where no one on the roster could hit an empty net. Regardless of the reason, Tarasenko will soon get his first taste of the playoffs.  Who sits?  That's a pretty tough question to answer. If there's an injury then the situation answers itself, but if there isn't you're left with a difficult decision. It seems doubtful Hitchcock would tamper with the highly succes...

Blues fans weigh in on Tarasenko disrupting the 4th line

If you've been on Twitter at all since Game 3 then you're probably aware of the Vladimir Tarasenko vs. the 4th line debate. After the Blues failed to light the lamp in Game 3, it was rumored that Tarasenko would be suiting up for Game 4. The question that lingered revolved around figuring out which player would sit out in order for #91 to make his debut.  After the team...

Game 4 could define several St. Louis Blues

The Blues play the swing game of their best-of-seven series against the Kings tonight. If they win the game, they will take charge of the series.If they lose it, the series goes back to square one. Such a challenge defines what sort of players the Blues really have.Do they have a bunch of good players? Or does this team possess players who are ready to break out and become difference...

Vladimir Tarasenko was used incorrectly in Game 4

Heading into Game 4, I put up a post where numerous fans gave their opinion on the decision to play Vladimir Tarasenko over Adam Cracknell on the fourth line. Fans were in favor, hoping to see a boost in the team's attack with Frank in the mix. Most were in favor because it was believed he would start on the fourth line but then rotate to a different line as the game unfolded...

Game 4: Blues 3, Kings 4

Nights like tonight prove why it's so hard to be a fan of the St. Louis Blues. Leading two games to zero, the Blues dropped Game 3. Leading in Game 4 by a score of 2-0, the Blues fell 4-3. As we've seen countless times during the regular season, the Blues played a stretch of very strong hockey. Leading and looking to more or less put LA away, the Blues faded like they have...

St. Louis Blues and L.A. Kings ready to battle in a pivotal Game 4

The defending Stanley Cup Champions are back in the Western Conference quarterfinal series as the Los Angles Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues 1-0 back on Saturday night as Kings' goal-tender Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots and  recorded his fifth shutout in his postseason career as the Kings took Game 3 to cut the Blues lead to 2-1. Slava Voynov scored the lone goal in Game...

Game 3: Blues 0, Kings 1

Game 3 between the Blues and Kings can be summarized with just two words: wasted opportunities. Maybe two more words: missed wide. Even if you take a few moments trying to remember all of the chances the Blues had, you probably won't be able to remember all of them.  David Backes, Jordan Leopold, Andy McDonald, Alex Steen, Patrik Berglund and numerous others all had high...

Quick, Kings blank Blues 1-0 in Game 3

Another game, another battle between Jonathan Quick and Brian Elliott. This time Jonathan Quick was the hero as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 Saturday night to cut the Blues' lead in the series to 2-1. Quick defeated the Blues on 30 saves as the Blues had so many chances, but just couldn't find a way to put the puck in the net as it was a night...

Blues battle Kings in Game 4 at the Staples Center

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Three games into the Los Angeles Kings' tremendously tense playoff series with the St. Louis Blues, it's clear the scores are so low because the stakes are so high. Two elite Western Conference teams have combined for just seven goals, and nobody has led by more than one goal at any point. The highlight reels aren't getting filled up when these...


*THE FOLLOWING BELOW IS NOT WRITTEN BY THE ROYAL HALF, BUT RATHER PUMPERNICHOLL, OUR MASTER RECAPPER*   KINGS 1, BLUES 0 Heading into Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings found themselves in an unfamiliar position. The team never trailed during its historic run to the Stanley Cup Final, and now were potentially going to be put on the brink of elimination...

By the Skin of Their Teeth by   Jack Weber

The Kings returned home tonight facing pretty much a must-win situation, after falling down 2-0 in this series against the St. Louis Blues by losing both Games 1 and 2 on the road. The Kings were just 8-12-2 on the road in the regular season, but were a 19-4-1 at home, the best home record [...]
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