ST. LOUIS, MO—The LA Kings continued their road trip with a visit to St. Louis on Thursday night. Like the previous two games, it ended with disappointment.
Tyler Toffoli scored a power-play goal early in the third period that ended being enough to push the game into overtime.
Unfortunately for the Kings they only saw one minute and 40 seconds of action in the overtime period after Jaden Schwartz corralled a puck deep in the Blues zone and then skated the length of the ice and put the puck past Kings net-minder Jonathan Quick.
Talking about the game winning play, Schwartz was quoted in a report by USA Today saying, “It was kind of a little bit of a scramble in front and the puck just kind of bounced and it was race from there. (Vincent) Lecavalier was chasing me and I just tried to get the puck on net and I think it hit the post then bounced off (Jonathan) Quick’s back and in. That’s probably the longest breakaway I’ll ever have.”
This marked Jaden Schwartz’s fourth game back after missing 49 with a broken ankle. The blues are undefeated since his return, and he has tallied three total goals in the four-game span.
Blues goalie Bryan Elliot was the clear star of the game as he stopped 34 of 35 shots including one sprawling glove save on a shot from Milan Lucic in the overtime period that kept his team alive long enough for Schwartz to put the nail in the coffin.
Kings star forward, Anze Kopitar, was lost in the first period to a lower body injury. His status was not updated after the game as Coach Darryl Sutter declined to comment on Kopi, “No, doesn’t come from the head coach,” reported the Los Angeles Times regarding injuries.
Jonathan Quick put together a playoff performance in the shortcoming saving 30 of 32 shots faced.
The Kings will look to rebound Saturday against the Predators in Nashville. They hold onto a 2-point lead over the Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division.