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Kings Vs. Blues, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: St. Louis Trails 3-1 After Two Periods

Things aren't looking good as the St. Louis Blues trail 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings after two periods of play on Thursday night. In Game 3 of the seven-game series between both teams, the Blues are trying to avoid a 3-0 deficit that would be seemingly insurmountable from a distance.

After a goal by Chris Stewart early in the second period tied up the game, 1-1, the Blues promptly blew that led on Dwight King's first goal of the series less than a minute later:

King was able to get ahead of the Blues' defenders with the puck in possession thanks to an impressive pass off the board and he proceeded to make the perfect shot against goalie Bud Elliott.

The Kings would add an insurance goal roughly midway through the period on a power play following a two-minute for interference by the Blues' Jamie Langenbrunner. The goal, which puts the Kings up 3-1, was Mike Richards' third of the series:

Hardly having a great angle on the net, Richards made an expert shot that squeaked right through Elliott. It'll be hard for the Blues to pull off this win while giving up scores like that one.

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.