NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at St. Louis|
(Monday, February 11th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter recorded a pair of goals and
Jonathan Bernier delivered a solid first start of the season as the Los
Angeles Kings dealt the struggling St. Louis Blues a 4-1 loss at the Scottrade
Bernier turned aside 21-of-22 shots in place of a resting Jonathan Quick to
help the defending Stanley Cup champions halt a two-game skid and extend St.
Louis' losing streak to five straight contests (0-4-1). The Kings also
received a power-play goal from Davis Drewiske and an even-strength marker
from Jarret Stoll in the triumph.
"I was really happy with our performance today," said Bernier. "We really
battled hard out there today and got rewarded for our efforts."
Alex Steen accounted for the lone goal for the Blues, who failed to avenge
last season's four-game sweep at the hands of Los Angeles in the Western
Conference semifinals. Brian Elliott, subbing for a still-ailing Jaroslav
Halak, managed just 19 saves in the setback.
"All our scoring chances against good teams come on power plays," said St.
Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock. "We don't get any chances 5-on-5 and you have
to really dig in 5-on-5 against good teams to get scoring opportunities, and
we don't do that."
St. Louis had activated Halak, who missed the club's previous three losses
with a groin strain, from injured reserve prior to the game. However, he
aggravated the injury during pregame warmups and was held out.
Carter made his presence felt early on, collecting the puck from teammate
Slava Voynov on a 2-on-1 rush following a St. Louis turnover and ripping it
past Elliott 8:31 into the contest for the lone goal of the first period.
He struck again early in the second, taking a pass from Keaton Ellerby and
putting a nifty move on Blues defenseman Ian Cole before sneaking a backhand
through Elliott's pads at the 3:23 mark for a 2-0 Los Angeles lead.
The Kings capitalized on a boarding call on St. Louis' Roman Polak later in
the frame. Just 20 seconds after the penalty, Drewiske beat Elliott glove-side
with a wrister off a Dustin Brown centering feed 6:38 prior to the second
intermission to give the visitors a three-goal cushion.
St. Louis finally got on the board near the end of the session, when Steen
fired a rocket from the right point over Bernier's shoulder with 43 seconds
left while enjoying a power play.
The Blues had two more power-play chances in the third, but couldn't convert
either opportunity as Bernier stopped all 10 shots he faced. The only goal of
the stanza was produced by Stoll, who one-timed a delivery from Voynov into
the upper left corner of the net with 3:36 elapsed.
Drewiske's goal was only his fourth in 117 career NHL games and first-ever on
the power play ... The Blues entered the game atop the NHL in power-play
percentage (33.3) and registered a goal with the man advantage for the sixth
straight contest, though the team finished just 1-of-5 in such situations ...
St. Louis' Andy McDonald earned his 300th career assist on Steen's goal ...
Elliott has gone 0-3-1 with a 5.05 goals-against average and a .791 save
percentage over the four games that Halak has missed.
02/12 00:17:07 ET