May 4, 2012 8:20 am

The Key Three: May 3

Darryl Sutter allowed himself a little bit of levity last night. He walked into the room for his postgame press conference before all reporters had arrived, so he took a seat in the front row next to me. I said hello and asked if he wanted me to go to the podium instead. He said yes. He didn’t seem to be joking. A few minutes later, asked to describe the physical play Dustin Brown brought to the game, Sutter said, “Boom,’’ and brought his hands together, the way an excited child might describe a collision. Bet your last dollar, though, that when the Kings return to practice, Sutter will be all business.

Every game in this series has had a different feel. In Game 1, the Blues dominated the first 10 minutes, while the Kings effectively controlled the final 50. In Game 2, the Kings crushed the Blues for the first 20 minutes, then “managed’’ the game from there. Game 3 last night had a bit more give and take to it. Both teams had chances early, but by the end of the first period, the Kings were in better shape. The Kings rebounded nicely from a game-tying goal early in the second, took a two-goal lead, then looked poised and confident in the third period. Once again, the Kings lead a series 3-0. Can they finish the job at home? We’ll find out Sunday. What was the key aspect of the Kings’ 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3? I present three options at the link below, and you can vote for your choice…

The Key Three: May 3

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