St. Louis Blues 1, Los Angeles Kings 3 (LA wins the series, 4-0)
Philadelphia Flyers 2, New Jersey Kings 4 (NJ leads the series, 3-1)
Those Who Shined
1. Dustin Brown, Right Wing, Los Angeles Kings
Dustin Brown owned the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Semi-Final series. It didn’t matter where the games were played or who was between the pipes, he simply wasn’t going to be stopped. This was most notable last night, as he scored two of the Kings three goals, which were instrumental in the sweep of the West’s second-seeded team. He beat Brian Elliott, one of the league’s more stingy netminders, with his go-ahead tally late in the first period, and then iced the contest with an empty-netter as time was expiring. This performance gave him six points in the series and 11 points in the postseason, which is the most on a Los Angeles roster that has been unbelievable in its two matchups. Can the magic continue for another few rounds?
2. Dainius Zubrus, Right Wing, New Jersey Devils
Similar to the man mentioned above, Dainius Zubrus pounded the Flyers net with two goals in last night’s pivotal game four in New Jersey. His goals were of the utmost importance as they were the only ones tallied in the second or third period by either team and therefore carried the Devils to a 3-1 series lead. It seems as if Zubrus must enjoy the spotlight from time to time, because when he puts points on the board this postseason it has always been notable — he has three two-point performances in 11 games. Also, his time on the ice has become much more valuable in the second round since his rating is at a positive five against Philadelphia as opposed to a negative one against Florida.
3. Jonathan Quick, Goaltender, Los Angeles Kings
It’s almost a given that Jonathan Quick is going to end up in my recap article’s when his team is on the ice. Heck, maybe I’ll just start including him even when his team isn’t on the ice (HA). This guy is stellar, amazing, unbeatable — insert any other positive descriptive word — to this point in the postseason. He sent away 23 of 24 shots last night, including 20 in the final two frames as his Kings rolled to another victory over a top-ranked opponent. His playoff numbers now sit at a whopping 1.55 goals against average along with a save percentage at 95 and, most importantly, a record of 8-1. I know that either the Coyotes or Predators will be a tall task for Los Angeles; but please, give me one good reason why they can beat Quick four times in a seven game span. It simply won’t happen.