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Kings Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: St. Louis Trails 2-1 Early In Second Period

The St. Louis Blues are trailing 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings early in the second period on Thursday night in Game 3 of the seven-game series between the two teams. The Blues are eyeing a crucial win given their deficit in the series and desperately need to find some consistent offensive production.

Justin Williams scored his second goal of the series in the middle of the first period to give L.A. the 1-0 advantage, but the Kings blew that lead on a goal from the Blues' Chris Stewart to tie the game:

With just four shots on goal in the first period, the Blues didn't do a great job of challenging Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has played at a ridiculously high level as L.A. had made its run towards the Stanley Cup, but they've done better early in the second period.

Unfortunately, the Blues defense faltered once again just 40 seconds after the goal from Stewart, with the lead going back to L.A. less than a minute after it was relinquished on a goal from Dwight King. The Kings now lead 2-1 with well more than half of the second period remaining.

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.