World news – Kings stumbled through sales in the first street game and lost to the Blues

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Brayden Schenn # 10, Torey Krug # 47 and David Perron # 57 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate Krug’s goal against the Los Angeles Kings when Blake Lizotte # 46 of the Los Angeles Kings in the first phase in January in Enterprise Center responds 23, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

Adrian Kempe, 9, of Los Angeles Kings is congratulated by his teammates after they score a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the second phase of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in St. Louis had. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)

Calvin Petersen # 40 of the Los Angeles Kings rescues Jaden Schwartz # 17 of the St. Louis Blues on January 23, 2021 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

Calvin Petersen # 40 of the Los Angeles Kings rescues Jaden Schwartz # 17 of the St. Louis Blues on January 23, 2021 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

Sean Walker No. 26 of the Los Angeles Kings controls the puck against Robert Thomas No. 18 of the St. Louis Blues in the third period on January 23, 2021 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

Sean Walker (26) of Los Angeles Kings will fight Brayden Schenn (10) of St. Louis Blues for the puck in the third phase of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)

Calvin Petersen # 40 of the Los Angeles Kings rescues the St. Louis Blues in the second round on January 23, 2021 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

Trevor Moore (12) of the Los Angeles Kings and Jaden Schwartz (17) of the St. Louis Blues fall on the ice while they are in the third phase of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in St. Fight Louis for the puck. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)

Calvin Petersen # 40 of the Los Angeles Kings defended the gate against the St. Louis Blues in the third period at the Enterprise Center on January 23, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images)

Jordan Binnington (50) of St. Louis Blues, Vince Dunn (29) and Carl Gunnarsson (4) defend the net against Lias Andersson (24) of Los Angeles Kings in the first phase of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)

Anze Kopitar (11) of Los Angeles Kings urges Oskar Sundqvist (70) of St. Louis Blues during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)

Mikey Anderson (44) of the Los Angeles Kings and Robert Thomas (18) of the St. Louis Blues battle for the puck in the third phase of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)

Calvin Petersen, 40, of Los Angeles Kings defends the net against Tyler Bozak (21) of St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)

The Kings were out for the first time this season and found no shortage of bumps as improper sales condemned them to a 2-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center on Saturday.

« We gave up a goal after a pass we shouldn’t have problems with and then a bad breakout, » said Kings coach Todd McLellan, whose team also gave up a power play goal and an empty-netter. « We should have dealt with both situations, but we didn’t. »

Defenders Torey Krug and Vince Dunn scored goals for the Blues, as did striker David Perron before Jayden Schwartz scored a clean sheet. Jordan Binnington had an effective, if uneventful night on the net, contributing 21 saves against 23 shots on goal.

Wingers Adrian Kempe and Dustin Brown scored a goal for the Kings. Cal Petersen made his second start on goal, bearing the brunt of the Kings’ bad jumps and bad passes, dropping three goals out of 27 shots.

Petersen was shaken early in the game after a cumbersome poke check attempt resulted in his head colliding first with King’s defender Drew Doughty and then with Perron.

He stayed in the game and saved striker Jordan Kyrou eight minutes into the competition. He also denied defender Justin Faulk another chance in transition.

However, the Kings were again handicapped by a penalty, a familiar experience for them after averaging more than five penalties per game in their four game home game to open the season. Overall, the Kings were positive, scoring three fewer penalties than the Blues, with each team scoring a power play goal.

Petersen fended off the initial man advantage, but the Blues regrouped and moved the puck purposefully to Krug high in the zone. Krug blew up the puck as he hit the ice, and he sped through traffic to knock Petersen into the game between his glove and his right pad 13:12.

Petersen made successive stops in the last minute of the first frame at strikers Robert Thomas and Mike Hoffman. The Kings were knocked out 13-5 at a time when puck management and control deteriorated over time.

The Kings even pulled in the first minute of the second period when they secured the puck from an offensive zone faceoff, slid it to Alex Iafallo on the left wing wall and into the high slot for a Kempe one-timer. It was Kempe’s third game in a row with a goal.

The Kings won a draw in the defensive zone, but a turnover from defender Kurtis MacDermid put the Blues on the attack. They moved the puck to Dunn in a similar position as Krug did in the first half. His rising wrist shot shot through the overload in front of the net and over Petersen’s glove to give the Blues 2-1 lead.

Defender Matt Roy lost control of the puck on his own end and St. Louis made the Kings pay again. Perron pushed the puck to Thomas, whose solid back pass to Perron scored the experienced striker’s first goal in 2021 to make it 3-1.

« It wasn’t these games that were just bonehead games … We just didn’t handle the puck very well, » said McLellan. « As a result, we were caught in between: stops, starts, wasted shifts. »

For the second game in a row, a 5v3 power play opportunity enlivened the Kings. With 3:31 in the second half, Brown tapped a pass on Kopitar’s back door to make it 3-2. As in their previous game against Colorado with an equally strong goal, Kopitar drew the defense in, this time by sliding to the net, then raised a picturesque saucer pass to Brown.

The Kings only implemented one of eight such two-man advantage options last season, but are two-to-two at the start of this campaign.

It was Kopitar’s NHL-leading seventh assistant, and it came on one evening when he moved to sole third place as king for most career games.

“A really good term: safety blanket. For me he’s an addition to the staff, ”said McLellan of the captain of the kings. « With his work ethic, not so much his words but just the way he works, he provides great leadership for the group. »

St. Louis beat the Kings 13-5 in the first half and doubled them at one point in the second. Though narrowing this gap, the kings failed to produce any meaningful insult in the third and spent considerable time in their own zone while following.

« (St. Louis is) not a team you want to come up against from behind, » said McLellan. “This team can suspend it, it’s very comfortable to play with a lead. They give up very few chances and defend well.  »

The Blues, who posted a whopping five power play goals against Colorado earlier this season, took a late penalty, the fifth of the game.

But the Kings failed to convert in the last three minutes, first with a five-on-four power play, then with six-on-four and six-on-five advantages when they got Petersen off his goal pulled.

« In the third period they kind of got us there, » said Roy.
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