Game 11: Kings Win 4-1, improve to 4-5-2
ST. LOUIS – After their devastating last-second loss in Detroit last night, few could blame the Los Angeles Kings if they entered tonight’s contest with little enthusiasm. To their enormous credit though, the Kings entered St. Louis’s Scottrade Centertonight and controlled the game from start to finish, winning by a score of 4-1, ending their road trip on a high.
While the St. Louis Blues have been struggling as of late, the Kings needed all the help they could get and they received an enormous amount of it from Jeff Carter who potted his fifth and sixth of the year to give the Kings a 2-0 lead. Then over midway through the second, Davis Drewiske scored his first of the season (on the power play, mind you) to put Los Angeles up by a field goal.
While Alex Steen was able to get St. Louis on the board before the end of the second frame, Jarret Stoll finished off a beautiful one-timer early in the third to regain the Kings’ three-goal lead – and that’s where the score stood.
Looking shaky over his last few starts, netminder Jonathan Quick was given a break tonight as Jonathan Bernier got his first start of the season for the Kings. While he wasn’t too busy through the first 40 minutes, Bernier made some timely saves and help keep his team up by a few goals. Overall, Bernier turned away 21 of 22 shots to pick up his first win of the season.
In addition to Jeff Carter’s impressive performance, defenseman Slava Voynov also had an outing of notable mention as he picked up a pair of his assists – his coming on the game’s opening goal and the second the sender of Stoll’s aforementioned one-timer to make the score 4-1 in favour of Los Angeles.
Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Dustin Penner all picked up assists tonight as did Keaton Ellerby, who sent Carter in on a breakaway for his second of the night. The assist was Ellerby’s first with his new team in just second game with the silver-and-black. Considering he was mainly picked up for his defensive ability, getting on the scoresheet is not only a bonus for Ellerby but for the Kings overall.
All in all, it was a great night for the Los Angeles Kings. There were many disappointed, disgruntled fans yesterday but everyone supporting the Kings is singing a completely different tune tonight as the defending champs now head home off for a few days before resuming action Friday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.