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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeremy Rutherford: Another futile Blues season ends
“For a franchise still looking for its first Stanley Cup and still lamenting many postseason fall-outs, the Blues have another one to add to the collection.”
-Game story

Jeremy Rutherford: Composure was key factor in tight Blues-Kings series
“Cardinals third baseman and Blues fan David Freese, who had a home run to end Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, said in a text message to a Blues staff member Friday that Alexander Steen would have the “hot hand” in Game 6. But Steen did not figure in the scoring, had just one shot and was penalized once in his 15 minutes, 29 seconds of ice time.”
-Notes and analysis

Bernie Miklasz: A lost opportunity, another lost season
“But for some reason, management stays with the same cast of players that can’t put pucks in the same zip code as the opponents’ goal when the Blues desperately need a big score. These guys couldn’t shoot the puck less accurately if you spiked the Gatorade with LSD and sent them on the ice blindfolded.”
-Top-10 list analysis

Jeff Gordon: So what’s next for the Blues?
“The team nucleus appears stale. Crossing off veterans like Andy McDonald, Scott Nichol and Jamie Langenbrunner will be easy enough, but what about David Perron, Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie? They have been around for a while. They have become perennial also-rans wearing the Note. We noted earlier that this series would define them and, well, here we are.”
-Roster analysis

Dan O’Neill: Goal caps Porter’s rise this season
“Early on in a rough-and-tumble series with the Los Angeles Kings, the “CPR Line” was the talk of the tournament, leading a physical charge for the Blues. But in Game 6 at Staples Center, Porter became more than a feisty forechecker, he became a goal-scorer.”
-Player feature

Dan O’Neill: Blues are not the same
“Trying to fine-tune a franchise that barely turns over financially, the new ownership group lost half of its home schedule before it ever left the garage. And oh, by the way, since so much depends on the playoffs — so much of your spiritual and economic well-being — how about playing the reigning Stanley Cup champions in the first round?”

Belleville News-Democrat

Norm Sanders: For Blues teams in the playoffs, the song remains the same
“But for Blues fans, it’s time to shave off the playoff beards, take the chicken wing-sauce stained jerseys to the dry cleaners and think about what could have been while watching someone else hoist the Stanley Cup. It’s what Blues fans have been doing during the playoffs since 1968. Whether they lose in the first, second or third round or even the finals — as they did in 1968, 1969 and 1970 — the song remains the same.”

Louie Korac: Five reasons Blues were eliminated from playoffs
“Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick deserves credit for throwing a virtual wall at the Blues’ offense, but St. Louis produced high-percentage looks against Los Angeles throughout the series and could manage 10 goals in six games, six over the final four.”
-Bullet points

St. Louis Game Time

Hildymac: Blues Lose Game 2-1, Series 4-2
“Never before have I seen a hockey team work so much for so little. Such quality play from the Blues, and nothing to show for it. The smart defense has been there for the most part, the Blues had good goaltending that gave them a chance to win, and they had an energy line that should have rubbed off on the rest of the team.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.