TRH PLAYOFF RECAP GAME 5 – ST. LOUIS BLUES: PADRE JELLO


*THE FOLLOWING BELOW IS NOT WRITTEN BY THE ROYAL HALF,
BUT RATHER PUMPERNICHOLL, OUR MASTER RECAPPER*


KINGS 3, BLUES 2 (OT)

Wow. What an amazing series fans are being treated to in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blues and Kings have battled hard in their first four games with each game being decided by a single goal. Whether you love tremendous goaltending, bone-crushing checks  or poetry-in-motion offense, this matchup has offered something for every hockey fan to love.
 
However, no one should be too surprised by this. After all, plenty of former players, journalists, analysts and just about every hockey mind agreed this was the series to watch:
 


That is, except for one scribe who has decided that being a contrarian is essential for furthering his career. We've poked fun at him because that's what we do.

But surely even he couldn't deny the beauty of this series any longer, right?!
 
At least Kings and Blues fans can agree on one thing.
Editor's note: At the time of publishing this post, Mark Spector decided to delete his post.
I applaud him for standing behind his beliefs and opinions.
 
 
PREGAME:
 
OK we can agree on two things.
 
WEBCAM GIRLS AND BLUES HOCKEY, THAT'S WHAT ST. LOUIS DOES! (NSFW)
 

Apparently this game was being played in Anaheim. …and in 2002.
Seriously… who spells "thundersticks" wrong?
 

That's about as creative as I'd expect.
 
MOM! The meatloaf!
 

Looks like we made it to the puck drop, and just in time.
 
 
1st PERIOD:
 
They sent restaurant giftcards. Didn't Hitchcock pass them out?
 
I still think your Tumblr work would be worth it.
 

 Blues fans still believe.
 

Your daily #FirstWorldProblem.
 
 
2nd PERIOD:
 
The second period started off mu—
 

–ch quicker as Jeff Carter got the Kings on the board after he cashed in on Drew Doughty's sloppy seconds.

THUG WAFFLED APPROVED! 

 
 
3rd PERIOD:

With a tie game heading into the third, the Blues knew that they couldn't allow anoth—

 

—er quick start by the Kings. Oh jeeze.

But at least the Kings knew the stakes. Finish this game off and they'd be heading back to Los Angeles with a commanding lead in the series and a chance to close out on home ice. I'm sure this will end without incident.

Sigh. Blues tie it up as Alex Pi… uh, help me out, Rob Fukuzaki, Sports Anchor for ABC7.
 
 
Never change, local news anchors. Never, ever change.

Apparently Blues fans were just as sure of the outcome.
 

Seems like a good time to move on to the OT.

OVERTIME:
 

Have you seen the people in St. Louis?? 

WEBCAM GIRL IS BACK! (Still NSFW)

Poncho Jesus is about to have the Kings drop a deuce on his night… 

SLAVA

Oh come on. It can't be that bad. 

"OK then." 

Oh man! Totally got him there!   

Bernier would have stopped that. 
 
 
 
TRH Three Stars of the Night
 
3. Jonathan Bernier
 
Five games into the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and everyone's favorite Kings goaltender continues his torrid postseason play. Despite the egregious Vezina snub, Bernier keeps chugging along. He's yet to allow a goal and hasn't lost a game in the playoffs. Yet, Darryl Sutter refuses to play the obvious best goaltender on the club. Masterton-worthy all around, indeed.
 
2. Darryl Sutter
 

 
1. JMFC
 
 
The likely #NHLCyYoung winner provided another big boost in the Kings 3-2 win. His two goals in Game 5 give him three total in the series. And in true Carter form, he's yet to record an assist. All is right in the world as the series shifts back to Los Angeles on Friday night.
 
 

 
 
PumperNicholl is a lifelong LA Kings fan and actually learned how to speak English from Bob Miller by watching LA Kings games… and the Police Academy movies. You can follow him on Twitter.

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.