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The Los Angeles Kings picked up a second straight win to end their homestand, defeating the St. Louis Blues 5-1 last night.
Despite a bad crash into the net against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Pierre-Luc Dubois dressed for the game, while Alex Laferriere joined the line in place of Jaret Anderson-Dolan.
The Kings managed to strike early, as Quinton Byfield whacked at a puck in-close on a power play to beat Jordan Binnington only minutes into the game, giving the Kings an early lead. Then only 19 seconds later, Carl Grundstrom pressured Brayden Schenn to create a turnover, and Blake Lizotte managed to beat Binnington as well, quickly making it a 2-0 game.
Los Angeles wasn’t done there either, with Adrian Kempe picking off a puck on a Blues’ power play and going down the ice shorthanded to beat Binnington on a backhand deke. Then only a couple minutes after that, Pierre-Luc Dubois finished off a great give-and-go with Arthur Kaliyev, making it a 4-0 game through 20 minutes, after a dominant opening frame.
We saw a more even second period from there, with the shots being tied 10-10, and Cam Talbot having to make some good saves around the net. However, with only 24 seconds remaining in the period, Kevin Fiala took a nice pass from Phillip Danault and beat Binnington, making it a 5-0 game through two periods.
Jake Neighbours did get one back for the Blues late in the third period, but the Kings cruised from there, picking up the 5-1 win.
The Kings opened with a dominant first period, and didn’t look back. They scored four goals, but they realistically could’ve had a few more with the kinds of chances they had.
It was great to see Pierre-Luc Dubois right back in the lineup as well, after what looked like could’ve been an injury to keep him out for some time. Not only that, but he and his line were great, with Dubois scoring once and the line outshooting opponents 8-3 at 5-on-5, according to NaturalStatTrick.com.
All lines were clicking for Los Angeles, playing with a lot of urgency and attacking off the rush, especially early on. The fourth line in particular is probably on its way to establishing itself as one of the best fourth lines in the NHL, though hopefully Blake Lizotte is okay after leaving the game.
With the win, the Kings also cap off the homestand with two straight wins, after dropping the first two matchups. While there were may have been some concerns after a couple losses to begin the homestand that resulted in line changes, with their last two performances, it’s difficult to find much wrong with their game.
The team holds a 10-3-3 record, and have now moved ahead of the Vancouver Canucks in points percentage, and are only just slightly behind the Vegas Golden Knights in points percentage for top spot in the Pacific Division.
The Kings will be back in action tomorrow, as they face the Arizona Coyotes for the third time this season.
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