LA Kings: Three takeaways from Monday’s game against Blues

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In the final home game of the 2021 season, the LA Kings lost in overtime to the St. Louis Blues. Here were three takeaways from the contest.

On Fan Appreciation Night at STAPLES Center, the LA Kings could only score one goal against the St. Louis Blues, falling in overtime. The first 40 minutes were generally uneventful, with all the scoring done in the third period or overtime.

Alex Iafallo collected his 13th goal of the season, tying the game at one at the 7:35 mark of the final frame. Justin Faulk and the Blues needed just 46 seconds into overtime to win it, marking three consecutive losses for the Kings.

The Kings will head to Colorado for the final two games of the season, but here were my takeaways from Monday’s game.

1. Lias Andersson fighting for a roster spot, literally

The 22-year-old has been a regular in the lineup for the last couple of weeks. He was recalled from Ontario the same day Quinton Byfield made his debut. While the 2020 second overall pick was limited to just six games, Lias Andersson is trying to win a roster spot for next season already.

He didn’t tally any points, but Andersson stuck up for Gabe Vilardi, who was hit by Blues forward Dakota Joshua in the second period. Joshua at 6’2″ is quite a bit bigger than Andersson, but the Kings forward didn’t seem intimidated one bit. That type of grit stands out to the coaching staff and players around him.