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Los Angeles Kings Dominant In Win At St. Louis

Kyle Quincey and Patrick O’Sullivan scored first period goals, followed by Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown in the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues in front of 19,150 fans at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Friday night.

Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera had a relatively easy night, having to stop just fifteen shots, but he bounced back from a shaky performance on Tuesday against Colorado to record his third National Hockey League shutout.

The Kings dominated the Blues in the game, with the exception of an approximately ten-minute span in the second period when the Blues started to assert themselves physically. But the Kings were able to weather the storm and they dominated the rest of the way.

The Kings, who are right back in action on Saturday night at Nashville (5:00 PM PDT; no television coverage) shut down the top power play unit in the league on four power plays and have now killed off all 27 power plays against so far this season.

With the win, the Kings broke a four-game losing streak in St. Louis. The last time the Kings won there was on March 11, 2006, a 2-1 shootout victory.


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4 Responses to Los Angeles Kings Dominant In Win At St. Louis

  1. cristobal says:

    Gann, are you grinning ear to ear, or are you feeling bi-polar? I have to say that after all my criticism, I am high on this team. There’s not a guy taking a shift off.

  2. Gann Matsuda says:

    Not grinning…I’ve been following this team way too long to get too excited about a young team after just a handful of games.

    That said, this team is already looking better, especially on defense, than they have in the last two years. More important, they are a TEAM. They are giving it all for each other, and I’m not just talking about the rough stuff. That’s something no one has seen from the Kings on a consistent basis for years now.

    The future certainly does look bright…for now.

  3. cristobal says:

    Gann, what’s your take on the overall strength of the NHL right now? Do you think there are a lot of weaker teams due to the Salary Cap? Are there many truly deep line-ups?

    cheers

  4. Gann Matsuda says:

    Well, the salary cap is there to even out the playing field and it’s definitely having that effect. There is more parity across the league than there was before the lockout. I wouldn’t say there are a lot of weaker teams but I also would not say there are a lot of teams with so much depth that they are headed for dynasty status.

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