St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Quick made 28 stops, while Trevor
Lewis scored twice in the third period to help Los Angeles claim a 4-1 victory
over St. Louis at Scottrade Center.
"He's a number one goalie. Like everybody that has a number one goalie, he
gives you the stability. He made some big saves in the third period. He did a
good job tonight," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.
Jake Muzzin tallied in the first period and Jeff Carter added an empty netter
for the Kings, who kicked off a five-game road trip with a win over the
second-stingiest defense in the entire NHL.
T.J. Oshie provided the sole offense for the Blues, who suffered their first
home defeat since a 4-2 setback to San Jose on Dec. 17.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots, but was his own worst enemy on a key score in
the final period.
Blues winger Ryan Reaves took a penalty at the end of the second period, and
he couldn't catch up to the play as a centering feed from Lewis that was
intended for King caromed off the skate of Jaden Schwartz and inside the left
post at 2:04 of the third for a 2-1 LA edge.
It was a 3-1 game at 4:21, just 10 seconds after Carter sat for hooking. Halak
collected a dump-in behind his net, but failed to see Lewis in pursuit. He
picked up the disc, circled the net and tucked it inside the left post.
"I think I made a mistake at the worst possible time with the game on the line
for us. Will take blame for this one. We lost two points because of me," said
Halak was sent to the bench during a 4-on-4 situation with 1:33 left in
regulation and Carter chased down a puck at center ice before hitting the
empty net with 55.5 seconds to play.
Muzzin beat Halak just 2:31 into the contest on a low shot from the left
Oshie was dragged down on a scoring chance just before the six-minute mark of
the second, and beat Quick on the subsequent penalty shot to even the score.
Coming into the contest, Los Angeles allowed 95 goals and St. Louis 96 ...
Quick improved to 4-1-1 since returning from a groin injury ... The Kings
posted their first road win since Dec. 11 at Toronto ... Alex Steen was the
last Blues player to convert a penalty shot, on Oct. 5 against Florida.