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Up 3-0, Kings braced for tough Game 4

The Sports Xchange

This has a familiar feel for the Kings. Two wins on the road to start a playoff series. A Game 3 win at home. Now, the Kings will try to do something new: Close out a series at home.

The Kings have a chance at another shocking upset. Less than two weeks after they knocked off the President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in the first round, the Kings have a 3-0 series lead against the St. Louis Blues, the Western Conference's second seed.

The Kings beat the Blues 4-2 in Game 3 on Thursday night in Los Angeles, but they know they still face a tough task. The Kings, to be certain, will want to close out the series in Game 4, because the Blues were the most successful home team in the NHL this season.

"We're confident that we have a really good team in here, all the forwards, all the goalies, all the D," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "At the same time, we can't get too high on ourselves. It's 3-0 right now, but the fourth game is going to be the hardest to close out, and we've got to make sure it's our best game of the series, and it's going to be the toughest one to win."

Sutter seemed pleased when he was told that some players were talking about how they could still play a better game Sunday.

"That's a good way to feel, because it's tough to beat a team that is that much ahead of you in the regular season," Sutter said. "We just went through it."

In the first round, the Kings won the first three games against Vancouver, then lost Game 4 at home and won the series in Game 5 in Vancouver.

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