Toffoli's second goal at 10:54 of the third period made some of the 18,322 fans exit into the brisk fall air. Kempe's goal to make it 3-1 already took the air out of the building as he wristed the puck between Joel Edmundson's legs from above the right circle.
"That's a hard shot for the goalies, and sometimes it works out," Kempe said.
Kempe and linemates Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis were matched up against the Schenn line and held them scoreless. Schenn, chosen by the Kings fifth in the 2009 draft, scored 19 points in 12 games in November. The Blues were fifth in the NHL in scoring, so to shut them down was a message, one night after a win against the Washington Capitals.
"I think that's huge," Kempe said. "We knew coming in here, it was going to be a tough game. After last time we were here, we really wanted bounce back and get a win here. I think everybody was very excited before the game. I think we did a solid job."
Torrey Mitchell obtained his work visa and is expected to join the Kings in Chicago, a team official said ... General manager Rob Blake will be a 2018 inductee into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
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