Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The St. Louis Blues out played the defending Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings in every aspect in Game 1 of their 2013 NHL playoff series. The St. Louis Blues earned every bit of their 2-1 overtime victory; the Blues have had nothing but bad luck against Los Angeles. They were 0-7-1 dating back to last season. It looked as though this game was heading in the same direction, as Justin Williams tied the game with 31.6 seconds left in regulation. Jonathan Quick the Los Angeles Kings netminder was the only reason this game was not 5-0 in favor of the home team, Quick made 40 stops in the game.With the Blues serving a double-minor by Kevin Shattenkirk for high sticking, Alex Steen stripped the Kings goalie of the puck behind the net and wrapped a backhand effort into the net 13:26 into the overtime period. Steen had a huge game as he was the player responsible for both goals on the part of the Blues. This was a tightly contested intense, playoff style hockey game. If I am a St. Louis Blues fan what worries me is the fact that my boys played their A-game and just about lost. If the Los Angeles Kings can figure a way to produce more consistent offense the St. Louis Blues will be in trouble if Jonathan Quick remains this hot. Tonight, however, the better hockey team won the game. St. Louis Blues definitely earned the victory.In order to win the series, the St. Louis Blues must bring more of the same. finishing scoring chances will be key. Jonathan Quick almost  took this game away.  
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