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2012 NHL Playoffs, Kings Vs. Blues Score Update: St. Louis Trails 4-0 After 1st Period

The St. Louis Blues are in desperate need of a win tonight to avoid falling behind 2-0 in their second round series to the L.A. Kings, and through a period, it's not looking good for Ken Hitchcock's team. St. Louis trails 4-0 after the first period at the Scottrade Center.

It only took :31 seconds for LA to get the scoring started. Mike Richards scored his second goal of the postseason off an assist from Dustin Penner to put the Kings up 1-0. That's how it would stay until the six minute mark in the period when Anze Kopitar added a shorthanded goal. Jeff Carter made it 3-0 with his first goal of the playoffs with a 1:30 remaining in the first period. Kopitar scored again with :17 seconds remaining to make it 4-0 Los Angeles.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Blues blog St. Louis Game Time and Kings blog Jewels From The Crown. For additional coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, visit SB Nation’s NHL news hub.