First Period -
After some sloppy play from the Blues, and a few how did the Kings not score moments...The Blues scored a power play goal. That’s right. The Blues scored a power play goal. Needed to type it twice to believe it. With 6:48 to go in the first period, newest Blues defenseman Torey Krug finally broke the Blues out of the power play ohfer (0-14 up until tonight). Krug one timed the puck so hard at the net that he fell over on the shot. The puck deflected off a Kings player and not Jonathan Quick, er, Calvin Petersen couldn’t make the save. Krug got his first of the year, and the Blues took this 1-0 lead into the locker room.
Second Period -
Shoutout to the Blues penalty kill for not being complete shit tonight. The Blues committed not one, not two, but FOUR penalties in the second period. One of those was a call for too much man. You’re shocked about that last one I’m sure.
A minute in to the period, Adrian Kempe scored off a one time chance. That chance came off of a face off win (if you wanna call it that?). In any event this game was tied at one.
Moments later, another Blues defenseman scored to put the Blues back on top. Vince Dunn notched his first goal of the year. The Kings tried to clear the puck out of the zone but it was kept in by Carl Gunnarsson. Mike Hoffman got the puck and passed it over to Robert Thomas. Thomas found an open Dunn. Dunn fired a quick wrist shot on net and scored.
Thomas wasn’t done assisting on Blues goals. A little under five minutes later, Thomas assisted on the Blues third goal. David Perron stole the puck and kept it in the zone. Perron passed it to Thomas. Thomas then hit Perron with the sweet no look pass. Perron finished off the play with a goal to make it 3-1 Blues.
Those four penalties they took in the period finally came back to bite them in the ass. As the last two came in to give the Kings a 5 on 3. Dustin Brown can not only count to potato, but score goals whilst being on the two man advantage. The Kings worked the puck around the ice a bit. Anze Kopitar had the puck down low. He fed a cross ice pass to Brown. Brown finished it off beating Jordan Binnington and cutting the Blues lead to one.
Third Period -
This game was far from over. The Kings have been able to come back on teams a few times in the early season. Jaden Schwartz said ope, not tonight boys. (The Blues had to kill off another penalty late. To include a chunk of play at 6 on 4 so it’s not like they made it easy on themselves.)
Blues hold off the Kings in this one to win 4-2. Final shot totals were 30-23 in favor of the Blues. You don’t have to wait long for the Blues and Kings round two. These two go at it again in less than 24 hours.
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Berube on taking five more penalties tonight: "I don’t know what to tell you guys about penalties. I really don’t want to talk about them. I’ve talked to you guys, I’ve talked to the team about them. It causes a lot of problems." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 24, 2021
Does Krug have any other Blues hat? Asking for a bear without pants.
He’s not wrong here. The problem is the Blues can’t help but shoot themselves in the foot so they never stay 5 on 5.
"Not a team you want to come from behind against. This team can lock it down. It's very comfortable playing w. a lead. They give up very few chances & defend well. In my opinion they're one of the best 5-on-5 teams in the league."#LAKings coach Todd McLellan on #STLBlues in 3rd— David Solomon (@solomonsside) January 24, 2021