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Video: Kings overpower Blues on NHL on NBCSN

Jan 16, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

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It was another bruising, physical game between the L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues.

But a third-period scoring outburst from the Kings turned the battle in their favor, as they defeated the Blues 4-1 on the NHL on NBCSN Thursday night.

The Kings got three goals – two from Trevor Lewis and an empty-netter from Jeff Carter – to break a 1-1 deadlock.

The second Lewis goal, a short-handed marker, was perhaps the deciding moment. It came just over two minutes after he provided L.A.’s second goal of the night, and gave the Kings a two-goal lead.

Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak came out to the play the shoot-in, but then let it go after it crossed the goal line. Had he played it, he would’ve been called for a penalty. Lewis picked up the puck, and with Halak out of the net, scored on the wrap around.

Halak took the blame for afterwards.

“You know, the trapezoid, I didn’t want to play the puck. I think I should have. I made a mistake at the worst possible time,” Halak said afterward, as per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Perhaps one of the more entertaining parts of this hockey game was an interview between whistles that involved Blues’ head coach Ken Hitchcock, who at the time was quite displeased with his team’s effort. That led to a pretty good Anson Carter impersonation of unhappy Hitchcock during the intermission break.

  1. aldog83 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Glad to see Quick back healthy!

    (Rest of the league…not so much)

    GKG!!!

  2. namriverrat69 - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    I find it interesting that all the other teams in the Pacific Division hate the Kings and have a special rivalry with them. Then the Kings go out and beat them. Some rivalries. Since Jonathan Quick came back he is playing right into form for the playoffs at the same time the team is becoming more and more in sync with each other. Just like Obamacare. Oops! Ignore that statement. That is an erroneous statement and has been shown to be a top notch website that is as secure as the change box at the local kids lemonade stand.

    I just love the Kings have found a way to win in the midst of adversity. All I can say is GO KINGS GO!!

  3. patthehockeyfan - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    As expected, a tough and bruising game.

    Glad to see Jake Muzzin score. His defensive play last night was much better, too. I’ve had high hopes for him since the Kings signed him. Doubtful he’ll be another Drew Doughty (not sure there will ever be another Drew Doughty); but, Muzzin will emerge as a force on defense and make a name for himself.

    It’s also good to see the not usual suspects stepping up and scoring. Muzzin’s goal and Trevor Lewis’ two set the pace for the night. It’s more normal to see the names of Kopitar, Brown, and Williams with a G. (Carter, too; and, he had an empty netter last night.) Once again, Dean Lombardi is working his magic and putting together a Stanley Cup team.

    GKG!!!!! Now, let’s get those Wings!!!!

  4. mexiam - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Nice to see trevor lewis finally contribute! great win by the Kings, glad quick is coming back strong too!

  5. joey4id - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Fun game to watch no doubt. Kings played a very solid and smart game. Halak had a brain fart and so did Tarasenko when he went for retribution instead of discipline. Blues could have had a 6 on 4.

    The NHL should make a small change to the trapezoid rule, if they don’t want to eliminate it. That is, if the goalie is the first player to touch the puck before it crosses the goal line then he should be allowed to play the puck outside the trapezoid, and beyond the goal line. To see what we did last night, and what happened to the Toronto goalie just makes those plays look kind of stupid.

  6. icrew29 - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    If that is the best the two Blues defensemen can play that we’re picked for the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, they are in deep sh??. Both were minus 2 for the night and were outplayed.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      I hear you, icrew29. The Blues have a really good defensive team. Last night, they were outplayed by a better defensive team. Last night.

      One night they’re great; another night, not so much. Goes for both teams (and I am an avowed Kings’ fan).

      On January 5th, the Blues beat the Kings 5 – 0. After that beat-down, I think the Kings were especially motivated to avenge the loss.

      No worries about the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team.

    • wannabebluesplayer - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      That’s an ignorant comment. Get outplayed in 1 game and you’re worried. The Kings have to rotate defensemen to play with Doughty because no one can play at his level. The broadcasters said as much last night. Good thing you have Quick, because from what I was watching, outside of Doughty, the Kings don’t have near the defense of Boston, St. Louis, or Chicago.

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