Blues close homestand with 4-1 loss to Kings

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues' five-game homestand ended with a fizzle as the team lost, 4-1, to the Kings on Friday night at Scottrade Center. The Blues dropped three of the five games on the homestand and now head to Minnesota for a game with the Wild on Saturday night.

Patrik Berglund had the only goal for the Blues, who had 40 shots on goal but only a few good scoring chances as once again the pucks went almost directly at Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper.

Carter Hutton started for the Blues and was replaced after two periods by Jake Allen. Hutton gave up three goals on 21 shots as he lost for the second straight time.

Berglund's goal got the Blues to within 2-1 late in the second period, but Adrian Kempe scored from outside with 1:04 to go in the second and then Tyler Toffoli put it away with his second goal of the night as Vince Dunn couldn't get his stick on a puck in his end after he and Colton Parayko bumped into each other.

The Blues went 1 for 5 on the power play, and two of the power plays they ended themselves by being called for penalties, though one of them, on Alexander Steen, was an iffy call.


Tyler Toffoli got the Kings on the board in the first period, and finished the scoring with his 13th goal of the season at the 10:54 mark of the third period. Anze Kopitar also scored in the first period to put the Kings ahead, 2-0, and Adrian Kempe's goal in the second period gave the Kings a 3-1 lead.

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