Game 74 (37-25-12)
LOS ANGELES – Unlike they’re past few outings, the Los Angeles Kings were unable to score in regulation. Luckily, neither were the Blues. This game had to go to a shootout but, again, the Kings prevailed as they knocked off the league’s best team for the sixth-straight win and into the Pacific Division lead.
Both teams just had two penalties each so from a special teams perspective, it wasn’t the most exciting night. Both the Kings and Blues did display a shootout long before the extra session. The Kings outshot St. Louis 37-35 but Brian Elliott was there, stopping every shot he faced. Jonathan Quick, though, like he’s been most of the season, was just as dominant as he left the Blues players scratching their heads.
In the shootout, after Justin Williams and St. Louis’ David Perron were stopped, the two clubs exchanged goals as Mike Richards and TJ Oshie both scored. After Dustin Brown and Jaden Schwartz were both stopped, it was Jeff Carter who scored the game-winner to give Los Angeles six-straight wins and, coupled with Dallas’ loss to Vancouver, first in the Pacific and 3rd in the West.
With the shutout, Jonathan Quick now moves into a tie with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers for a tie with his 8th shutout of the season. His performance simply underlines just what a dominant season #32 has had.
Anze Kopitar led the way for Los Angeles with seven shots followed by tough guy Kyle Clifford, who finished with four.
It may not have been an offensive explosion but when a team continues a season-high winning streak by beating the league’s best team, they’ll gladly take it. The Kings now head into the weekend continuing their high, hoping to end their schedule vs. the East as they hope to knock off the defending cup champs in the Boston Bruins at Staples on Saturday night.
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