05/01/2012 - St. Louis, MO (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Much of Los Angeles' success in the playoffs this year has been due to goaltender Jonathan Quick. They didn't need him that much on Monday night.
Anze Kopitar scored twice, while Mike Richards and Jeff Carter also scored in a four-goal first period as the Kings took a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of this Western Conference semifinal series.
Los Angeles now holds a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series after taking both games in St. Louis and will look to take a stranglehold on Thursday in Game 3 from Los Angeles.
Justin Williams finished with a goal and an assist, while Dustin Brown added three helpers for the Kings, who are looking to advance to the conference finals for the first time since 1993.
Quick, who came into the game with a 1.49 goals against average and a .955 save percentage, allowed two goals on 29 shots in the win.
Andy McDonald and Matt D'Agostini each scored a goal for the Blues, who downed San Jose in the first round to win a playoff series for the first time since 2002. Brian Elliott allowed all five goals on 21 shots.
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Now, it's okay to call the league hypocritical when it releases injury reports, which players have told me only helps bettors. And it's okay to mutter something obscene when the league pretends gambling doesn't help drive TV ratings and fan interest and put money in owners' pockets. But when it supports other forms of gaming? Big Deal. The Bears should put an orange "C" on every deck of cards dealt at Harrah's in Joliet; the Eagles should slap their logo on roulette wheels at the Borgata in Atlantic City; the Dolphins should hold training camp at the El San Juan in Puerto Rico.
The NFL's problem, when it comes to the gambling world, isn't hypocrisy, it's worse: The bosses lack vision. That's why the league is picking unwinnable fights in Delaware and taking pot shots from critics after making smart sponsorship deals. Roger Goodell and his gang are acting and thinking locally rather than globally, which is rare for them, especially compared to their professional (and amateur) counterparts.
The NBA held its All Star game in Las Vegas and David Stern's kingdom didn't crumble (although the town did bring plenty of players to their knees.) I'd say it's 6 to 5 and pick 'em that Lebron will make a road swing through Sin City before his career is over.
Even the NCAA College Football Betting is more progressive on this issue than the NFL. Several years ago Rachel Newman Baker, college sports' gambling czar, opened a dialogue with Vegas bookmakers to learn about how they do business. She's visited Nevada sports books, studied their operations and listened to how they regulate action. Now she knows she can expect a call from bookmakers, who lose money when sports are fixed, if they think something sketchy is going on in NCAA games. She's not in favor of sports betting, but, as she once told me, "I know it's not going away, either."
The NFL can't seem to accept that. And until it can find peace with the idea, it'll get flack, even when it's right.