That was a weird one, wasn't it? The Blues dominated long stretches of Game 1, earning countless chances against the Los Angeles defense. If it weren't for Jonathan Quick, the Kings might have dropped Game 1 by a hefty margin. Ironically, the same man that kept the Kings in the game for 60 minutes also was the one responsible for Alexander Steen's game-winning OT goal.
Quick played an incredible game ... until OT. Let's back up a tad. The Blues had 36 shots in regulation compared to LA's 19. The Blues came in waves, dominating the flow of the game and forcing Quick to make some truly ridiculous saves. He rose to the challenge, showing why he was such a key factor in LA's playoff run one year ago.
Things looked a bit grim as the Blues failed to bury their chances and then let LA back into the game late in the third. The Kings were riding a wave of momentum in OT after they leveled the score with just 32 seconds left in regulation. All signs were pointing to a big LA victory in OT on the road. When Kevin Shattenkirk was deemed guilty of a high-stick and LA took to a lengthy four-minute power play, Blues fans braced for the worst.
Then something funny happened.