The Kings saddled up with another one of the NHL’s defensive juggernauts Thursday night, managing to pocket a point in their 2-1 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center.
For the Kings, it was their third consecutive meeting with one of the league’s top-three defenses, and offense didn’t come easy Thursday night.
St. Louis opened the scoring at the 11:32 mark of the first period, Robby Fabbri sneaking a shot low past Jonathan Quick’s glove side while the Kings attempted to kill off their first penalty of the evening.
Anze Kopitar saw 5:12 minutes of ice during the first period, but did not return for the remainder of the game after reportedly suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Neither team scored in the second period, but there were no shortage penalties, 18 minutes worth called during the middle frame.
Entering the third down 1-0, Tyler Toffoli struck for his team-leading 24th goal of the season to tie the game.
Working on their fifth power play of the game, Drew Doughty exited the Kings’ zone, feeding Jeff Carter who was in stride through the neutral zone. Carter drove the puck wide to the right upon entering St. Louis’ zone and found Toffoli with a pass in the Blues’ slot which he hammered home past Brian Elliott.
The game extended to overtime, where St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz buried the game-winner 1:40 minutes into the extra period, beating Jonathan Quick after fleeing in alone on a breakaway.
Drew Doughty (1A), Tyler Toffoli (1G) and Jeff Carter (1A) led all Kings players in points scored (1), Tyler Toffoli in shots taken (8), Kyle Clifford and Dustin Brown in hits delivered (5), Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (35:16). Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in the overtime loss.
The Kings will finish off their season-long seven-game road trip when they take on the Nashville Predators Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 5:00 PM PST.