St. Louis Blues @Los Angeles Kings
(March 13th 2017)
by: Darrin Pfeiffer
This one hurts.
Even though the Kings picked up 4 huge points with wins against the Predators and Capitals last week they STILL are 3 points out of a playoff position in the west. #UGH
Another game with a playoff feel in the air. No ones nails weren’t bitten.
I’ve seen the Kings come out and in important games and seem lackadaisical but in this frame the boys skated hard, were creative and made plays that shocked me. Passes they don’t usually make, shots from odd spots on the ice and just an overall sense of energy from all lines.
No score after 20 min.
The energy the Kings created in the 1st was there in the 2nd. Speed, creativity and Quick bailing the boys out when they went a little too deep. The line of Lewis-Brown-Kempe was particularly sharp. Creating some great grade A chances.
Jake Muzzin along the boards behind Quick coughs it up and the Blues Alexander Steen gets the puck to David Perron and he fires on Quick who makes a spectacular save but puck is loose behind him and Perron gets it past Quick and it’s 1-0 Blues at the 13:37 mark.
That didn’t let the air out of the Kings tires. They kept coming and firing but Jake Allen was equal to each attempt.
1-0 Blues after 20 min.
Less the a minute in the period Jeff Carter gets called for holding. Tic-tac call if you ask me but, whatever.
Blues make em pay. Unable to clear the loose puck the Blues Magnus Paajarvi puts it past quick on the PP and it’s 2-0 Early.
The rest of the way the Kings seem to be having trouble syncing up and it forced Sutter to change the lines up a little. Putting Iginla with Pearson-Carter and Toffoli with Kempe-Brown. It seemed to work….
At the 17:05 mark Doughty gets the puck to the front of the net and Brown, (off balance), shots loose puck on Allen and it’s 2-1 Kings.
Sutter pulls Quick with a fair amount of time on the clock but the Kings were unable to muster much of a threat against Allen. Alexander Steen gets the puck into the open cage and the game ends 3-1.
That lose was a hard one to swallow for the Kings and their fans. Now the boys in black are FIVE points behind the St. Louis Blues for the final wild card spot in the west.
No time for any rest, the Kings host the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow at Staples 7:30pm puck drop.
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