EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues are aware their first-round series is a bit more violent than most.
Dustin Penner's friends around the league can tell it's a dangerous matchup just watching on television.
With three straight victories heading into Game 6 on Friday night, the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings are on the brink of a remarkable comeback to win this punishing series. They know they'll still have to knock over the Blues to get that last win.
Although the Kings took control with the same relentless push they made to the Cup last season, the series has been awfully close in every aspect. Every game has been decided by one goal, and neither team has held a large lead for any significant amount of time.