Los Angeles Kings Robyn Regehr grabs the throat of St. Louis Blues Barret Jackman as they begin to fight in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 16, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
Los Angeles Kings Jake Muzzin celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first period against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 16, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak of Slovokia pushes away a shot by Los Angeles Kings Dustin Brown in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 16, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trevor Lewis gave Los Angeles some unexpected offense with two goals early in the third period of the Kings’ 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Jake Muzzin scored in the first period and Jeff Carter added an empty-netter for the Kings, who snapped a five-game road losing streak in the opener of a five-game trip.
Jonathan Quick had 28 saves as Los Angeles improved to 16-4 in their last 20 meetings with St. Louis, including a pair of playoff series wins the last two seasons.
T.J. Oshie scored his first career goal on a penalty shot in the second period for the Blues, who snapped a five-game home winning streak. Oshie has 11 goals on the season and has five goals and four assists in his last six home games.
The Blues dropped to 18-4-2 at home and lost for just the second time in 10 games.
Lewis scored the tiebreaker at 2:04 of the third, just 4 seconds after the Blues killed off Ryan Reaves’ roughing penalty resulting from a large scrum at the end of the second. Lewis’ setup from the right boards appeared to deflect into the net off the skate of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz.
Lewis then got his second goal of the season on a short-handed wraparound at 4:21, capitalizing on goalie Jaroslav Halak’s stick-handling goof to make it 3-1.
Lewis entered with one assist in 38 games and had only five goals last season. He got multiple points for the first time since March 16 when he had two assists against the Sharks.
Oshie has been the Blues’ best in shootouts, going 4 for 6 this season with a variety of jukes and changes of speed. After getting pulled down by Muzzin on a breakaway, Oshie dispensed with the fakery and drilled a shot between Quick’s pads to tie it at 1 at 5:55 of the second.
Oshie’s 11th of the season also gave him the Blues’ last three goals.
The Kings scored on their first shot with Muzzin getting his third of the season past a well-screened Halak at 2:31, and carried play most of the first period. Justin Williams hit the goal post on a power play just past the mid-point.
NOTES: The Blues are 2 for 2 on penalty shots this season, with Alexander Steen connecting against Florida on Oct. 5 and have made their last four overall. ... Muzzin was scoreless and minus-2 the previous 14 games. ... Oshie has five goals and four assists his last six games at home. ... The game drew standing room attendance of 19,374.