Dustin Brown scored two goals, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings finished an improbable four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 3-1 victory Sunday, advancing to the conference finals for just the second time in club history.
Rookie Jordan Nolan scored an early goal for the Kings, the first team in recent NHL history to eliminate their conference's top two seeds in the same postseason.
After steamrolling top-seeded Vancouver and second-seeded St. Louis with eight wins in nine games, the Kings will face the winner of Phoenix's series with Nashville in the Western Conference finals.
Los Angeles won despite its weakest effort of the postseason, clinging to its 2-1 first-period lead through 40 scoreless minutes dominated by St. Louis. The Kings didn't adapt well to an unusually early start time, yet Quick made a handful of stellar saves before Brown scored his sixth goal of a stellar postseason into an empty net with 25.8 seconds left.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored his first career playoff goal for the Blues, who were outscored, 15-6, in the series to end their most successful season in more than a decade. Brian Elliott stopped 17 shots in an improved performance, but the Kings' momentum couldn't even be stopped by a bad game.
Klesla gets 1 game
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was suspended for one game by the NHL for boarding Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk on Friday night. Game 5 is Monday in Glendale, Ariz.
- Associated Press