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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

St. Louis Blues look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.


With the dramatic 2-1 overtime win for the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1, the Blues will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Quarterfinals as Blues hockey takes center stage again in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.

With the win, the Blues ended an eight game losing streak against the Kings as their last win came in February of 2012. St. Louis finally looks for confidence to beat Los Angeles.

Alex Steen was the hero in Game 1 on Tuesday night scoring both of the Blues' goals, one on the powerplay and the other on shorthanded, the game winner in overtime. Steen's historic goal was the only the fourth shorthanded overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1990 and the first since 2006.

The Blues dominated the whole game last night as they were in front most of the game, but a King's goal by Justin Williams with 31 seconds left in the third period stunned the crowd in St. Louis as the game went into overtime. However, the Blues didn't back down as they knew they could still win Game 1 and take a huge advantage early in the series. So, Kevin Shattenkirk is in the penalty box for high sticking for four minutes, but that didn't rattle the Blues as Alex Steen capped off a remarkable night and an unforgettable game with an shorthanded overtime goal to beat Jonathan Quick.

With the way these two teams played last night, this series seems like it's long from over. However, it was a huge win for the Blues and now they have the momentum. Both teams will look to their hot goaltenders who were outstanding in Game 1 as Jonathan Quick and Brian Elliott get ready to battle it out again as this series seems to be the series to watch in the first round. Brian Elliott had an impressive month of April with a record of 12-2-0, allowing one goal or fewer in 10 of his last 13 April starts. The Blues now hold a seven game winning streak at home with Elliott in net, allowing only one goal in each of the seven games.

Blues and Kings will drop the puck Thursday night at 8:30 CT as a pivotal Game 2 is ahead for both teams.