The Los Angeles Kings continued their giant-killer run through the NHL playoffs, punching their ticket to the Western Conference finals by sweeping the St. Louis Blues in four games.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 23 of 24 shots and captain Dustin Brown scored twice in the Kings' 3-1 victory over the second seeded Blues at Staples Center arena.
"It's huge," Brown said. "But we are only halfway to where we want to be."
Quick, a finalist for the league's Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender, was brilliant for the Kings in the regular season and he has carried that over into the playoffs.
"There is a reason he is one of the top three goalies in the league," Brown said of Quick who was a member of the US team at the 2006 Vancouver Olympics.
The eighth-seeded Kings registered their first sweep of a best-of-seven series and advanced past the second round of the post-season for just the second time in their 44-year franchise history.
The Kings have now shocked the top two seeds in back-to-back Western Conference playoff series. They stunned top-seeded Vancouver in five games in the opening round before tackling the Blues.
The last time the Kings made it this far in the post-season was in 1993, when Wayne Gretzky led Los Angeles to the Stanley Cup finals where they lost to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Kings now wait for their next opponent, either the Phoenix Coyotes or Nashville Predators with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup finals.
Phoenix leads that series three games to one and can wrap it up with a win on Monday at home.
Brown said the Kings welcome a bit of a break from the intense grind of the playoffs.
"Now we get to rest and not just physically but also maybe a day or two of just not thinking about (playoffs)," Brown said.
The Blues were trying to become just the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series.