Game Report: Kings 5, Blues 1

By Nicholas Hand

The listless play by the Blues continued on the road Thursday night in Los Angeles as they opened a three-game trip to California by losing to the Kings.

Defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Tanner Pearson each led Los Angeles with two goal performances.

Muzzin scored Los Angeles’ first and third goals, the second chasing struggling netminder Jake Allen in the second period as Los Angeles took a 3-0 lead.

Allen allowed three goals on 15 shots before he was pulled for the second consecutive game. Trevor Lewis scored late in the first period to give Los Angeles at 2-0 lead at the intermission.

Carter Hutton replaced Allen after Muzzin’s second period goal at 4:43 but failed to give the Blues a spark as Pearson scored 51 seconds later on Hutton’s first shot faced for a commanding 4-0 lead.

Paul Stastny scored the Blues lone goal on a lucky bounce off of his skate on an Alexander Steen centering attempt that escaped Kings goalie Peter Budaj at 7:29 of the second period.

Any potential comeback was erased with Pearson’s second goal of the period with only 12 seconds remaining.

The Blues continue to hold the third seed in the Central Division with 47 points but the Nashville Predators sit just 2 points behind St. Louis. Both teams have played 42 games.

Of Note: Alex Pietrangelo played in his 500th NHL career regular season game… With his second period assist, Steen tied Adam Oates for 11th most assists in Blues history with 228… Dmitrij Jaskin and Brad Hunt were the Blues healthy scratches… Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was activated from injured reserve and returned to the Blues lineup… The Blues road record fell to 5-11-1, the worst of any NHL club currently holding a playoff position.

Looking Ahead: The Blues travel to San Jose to take on the Sharks on Saturday night.