The Blues have been highly touted all year long and looked to be serious Cup aspirants. That hasn't necessarily changed with one loss to the Kings. But what is clear to any who may have doubted it, is that the Kings too are clearly Cup contenders.
Yesterday, on the back of yet another excellent goaltending performance by Kings' netminder, Jonathan Quick, the Kings drew first blood.
And man do they ever look like the real deal. Forward depth and scoring, solid defense, and some of the best goaltending in the league.
I know it's early, but Quick's name has to be among the early Conn Smythe favorites.
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