Forwards - Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Nail Yakupov, Robby Fabbri/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/David Perron, Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Alex Pietrangelo/Colton Parayko, Jay Bouwmeester/Kevin Shattenkirk, Joel Edmundson/Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender - Jake Allen...for awhile.
Kings Highlights (I really wish it was a joke):
The Blues took to the road to play the Kings Thursday night in LA. Robert Bortuzzo returned to the lineup. Alex Pietrangelo played in his 500th NHL game. The game didn't start off too great as Jori Lehtera took a double minor for high sticking. The Kings scored in the first minute of that double minor. Jake Muzzin makes it 1-0 on a shot that was screened on. Can't stop what you can't see right?
With two minutes to go in the first, Trevor Lewis makes it 2-0. The shot seemed harmless but it deflected off of Pietrangelo's stick and past Allen.
Five minutes into the second period, the Kings score again to make it 3-0. Jake Muzzin scores his second of the night Kopitar gets it up the ice, Gaborik sets it up and Muzzin fires it in. Allen was pulled again after that goal. He never saw the third goal. 3 goals on 15 shots. Not good. Although, the Kings make it 4-0 just a shift after Allen was pulled. The Blues did absolutely nothing to help Carter Hutton either. Two goals in less than a minute.
The Blues finally get on the board in the second after the debacle that was at the other end of the ice. Paul Stastny gets credit for a deflected Alexander Steen shot off of Paul's fat foot.
It was now 4-1 and the Blues looked like they were going to pull their heads out of their..you know. But, the Kings put any sort of comeback out of reach. At the very end of the second, the Blues give up the 5th and final Kings goal to Trevor Pearson. Way to play to the whistle there Fabs.
As if the 4 goal lead wasn't enough, Kings starter Peter Budaj was playing a very good game. Although the Blues weren't making it hard for him, they had all of 8 shots through 2 periods. The Blues were on the powerplay at the very beginning of the third. Parayko had a good chance to unleash his powerful shot. He gets a chance on net, but Budaj makes the stop to keep it 5-1.
The 5-1 score was the final. A god awful effort from everyone involved. Not just Jake Allen. Not gonna blame the goaltending when the whole team was shit. The Blues fly up to San Jose to face the Sharks on Saturday night.
From The Twitter Machine:
The guys at Gametime's "No Shit" Department have been busy again:
A note on Steen's assist on the goal:
On Paul Stastny goal to cut it to 4-1 vs the Kings, Alex Steen ties Adam Oates for 11th on the #stlblues all-time assists list with a 228th— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 13, 2017
This is probably Jake Allen's fault too.
Tarasenko no shots on goal for the second straight game and third time in his last seven games. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) January 13, 2017
And Finally...Boom, roasted. Although, they have to be talking about UCLA and USC am I right?
Los Angeles now leads St. Louis 2-0.— #LAKings (@LAKings) January 13, 2017
...both in this game and in professional football teams.
Player of the Game:
Anyone that watched the whole game sober.