GAME THREAD: Blues 3, Kings 1 - LA Kings Insider

(Since there are still some significant — and quite random, if you look at the date of the posting — we’ll turn this into a game thread and just post all the updates here…)

END OF SECOND: Shots were 9-9 in the second period. The Blues have a 12-3-1 record this season when leading after two periods.

BLUES 3, KINGS 1: St. Louis took a two-goal lead with 1:04 remaining in the second period. Brad Boyes held on to the the puck near the right boards, fought off some tight checking from Drew Doughty and pushed the puck ahead to Alexander Steen. Steen, from the inside of the faceoff circle, beat Quick with a high wrist shot to give the Blues a 3-1 lead.

BLUES 2, KINGS 1: The Blues took the lead again with 5:44 remaining in the second period. Philip McRae turned and fired from the left side, and Kings defenseman Jack Johnson made a hit to clear the crease, but Quick couldn’t control the puck. Ryan Reaves skated in, picked up the loose rebound and tucked it into the net to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

KINGS 1, BLUES 1: Michal Handzus’ goal tied the game 5:37 into the second period. Alec Martinez’s initial shot, from just inside the blue line, was blocked, but Martinez kept the puck in the zone and shot again. The puck was deflected by St. Louis’ Erik Johnson on the way to the net, then deflected again by Handzus. Jack Johnson also got an assist on the goal, which came three seconds after the end of a power play.

END OF FIRST: The Kings were outshot 8-5 by the Blues and didn’t generate much sustained offense in the first period. The Blues’ goal is now credited to BJ Crombeen, on the deflection, with assists to Pietrangelo and Berglund.

BLUES 1, KINGS 0: The Blues opened the scoring with a goal with 8:22 remaining in the first period. Off a St. Louis offensive-zone faceoff win, Alex Pietrangelo held the puck at the right point and fired a high wrist shot, and with Quick facing traffic right in front of him, the puck got through for a 1-0 lead for the Blues.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.