Kings advance to Western Conference finals with sweep of Blues
Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Sports) – Dustin Brown scored two goals and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves as eighth-seeded Los Angeles advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues Sunday.
The Kings are headed to the conference finals for just the second time in franchise history after completing a sweep of the Blues.
Jordan Nolan added a goal and Anze Kopitar had a pair of assists for the Kings, who became the first No. 8 seed to eliminate both a No. 1 and 2 seed in the conference.
Los Angeles will face the winner of the Phoenix-Nashville semifinal series. The third-seeded Coyotes, who own a 3-1 edge in that set, host Game 5 on Monday.
Brown gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead with a goal with 1:43 remaining in the first period and Quick, a Vezina Trophy finalist, made the lead stand.
Brown capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with 26 seconds left to send the Staples Center crowd into a frenzy.
The last time the Kings made it this far the Great One was still lacing up the skates. Wayne Gretzky netted a hat trick in Game 7 to propel Los Angeles past Toronto and into the 1993 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings were then knocked off by Montreal in five games.