Game Report: Blues 7, Kings 2

The Blues were able to vent a lot of frustration for their recent offensive woes on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Seven players each scored a goal and Jaden Schwartz added two assists as the Blues routed the Kings to move closer to a wild-card playoff spot.

The win left the Blues three points behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The Blues had been shut out in three of their last six games, including on Thursday night in San Jose, before erupting against the Kings. They scored twice in each of the first two periods and added three goals in the third period in their second highest offensive game this season.

The Blues had scored a combined seven goals in their last six games before Saturday.
Defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo all scored before the forwards chipped in goals from Ivan Barbashev, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Brodziak and Schwartz.

Tarasenko’s goal was his team-leading 27th as he and Brodziak scored in the first minute of the third period after the Kings pulled goalie Jonathan Quick at the end of the second period.

The Blues’ total of 43 shots on goal, their third highest total of the season.

Jake Allen stopped 38 of 49 shots by the Kings to help the Blues win for only the second time in their last 11 games.

Looking ahead: The Blues will conclude the three-game trip on Monday night with a game against the Ducks in Anaheim.