St. Louis Blues 2, Kings 1
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: The Kings lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games, allowing the go-ahead goal to the Blues with 6 minutes 47 seconds remaining at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
THE STAT: The Kings went 0-for-4 on the power play with only five shots on goal. They’ve not scored a goal in their last 13 man-advantage situations, covering the last five games.
TURNING POINT: Erik Johnson took a seemingly harmless wrist shot from the top of the right face-off with 6 ½ minutes remaining in the third period. The puck seemed to hit goalie Jonathan Quick in the mid-section, but somehow made its way through his legs and trickled past the goal line for a 2-1 lead. After starting the season 10-1, Quick has now lost six of his last seven starts and possibly his No. 1 role.
HOT: The seat of Kings coach Terry Murray after another frustrating loss to a Western Conference opponent, dropping his team to 12th in the standings.
NOT: Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo must be the unluckiest guy in St. Louis. He returned against the Kings after missing the last two games after getting hit in the face with a puck. Lo and behold, he got hit in the face again when he poked the puck away from Drew Doughty and it came up in his face. He skated off with a towel soaking up the blood and did not return. Kings forward Brad Richardson was also cut above his upper lip after colliding with the stick of St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak.
GOOD MOVE: Kings defenseman Matt Greene had one of his better overall games this season, blocking six shots, recording four hits and assisting on the lone goal, scored by rookie Kyle Clifford. Greene was originally credited with his first goal in the last 61 games, but it was later awarded to Clifford on a deflection.
BAD MOVE: Doughty took an obvious retaliatory slashing penalty with 15 seconds remaining in the second period. The Kings managed to kill the penalty, but with the score tied, 1-1, it was a bad time for Doughty’s emotions to get the best of him.
NOTABLE: The Kings are now 0-3 against St. Louis, and a combined 0-9 against the Blues, the Coyotes and Blackhawks, all of whom lead the Kings in the conference standings.
UP NEXT: vs. Phoenix, Thursday at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.