LOS ANGELES — After putting in a tremendous effort only to see the Detroit Red Wings pull out a 2-1 win on January 7, the Los Angeles Kings went in the opposite direction against the St. Louis Blues on January 9 at Staples Center.
Indeed, this time, the Kings put in a woeful effort in which they rarely got to loose pucks or won physical battles in the corners and along the boards in a 4-3 loss.
The Kings made it close late, scoring two goals late in the third period. But the score was misleading, as the Blues outhustled and outworked the Kings by a wide margin throughout.
Brad Winchester opened the scoring by deflecting a point shot past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick just 14 seconds into the game. David Perron, T.J. Oshie and B.J. Crombeen also scored for the Blues.
Brandon Segal got the Kings on the board at 6:09 of the second period, tying the game with his first National Hockey League goal. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings late in the third period.
Prior to the game, the Kings activated defenseman Randy Jones from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Alec Martinez to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate.
Jones, 28, suffered an upper body injury (an educated guess is that he had a concussion) during the Kings/Edmonton Oilers game on December 15. The 6-2, 200-pound native of Quispamsis, New Brunswick has scored four goals and has added eight assists for twelve points with twelve penalty minutes in nineteen games this season.
Martinez, 22, has played in three games with the Kings this season, his first in the National Hockey League. The 6-1, 208-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, has also played in nineteen games with the Monarchs this season, scoring three goals and adding five assists for eight points with six penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating.
- Drew Doughty (two assists) has eight assists in the last five games and ten points in the last seven (one goal, nine assists).
- Jarret Stoll (two assists) has eleven points in his last eleven games (three goals and eight assists).
- Twelve of Anze Kopitar’s (power play goal) ten goals have been scored at Staples Center.
- Rob Scuderi had his third career two-point game and his second career two-assist game.
- Brandon Segal scored his first NHL goal in his fourteenth career game (twelfth this season).
- The Kings have killed 22 of the last 24 penalties (91.7 percent). The Kings are 41-for-46 on the penalty-kill in the last twelve games (89.1 percent).
- The Kings average attendance through twenty home games is 16,684. Last season, they averaged 15,230 through twenty home games.
Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)
Drew Doughty (0:49)
Brandon Segal (1:26)
Anze Kopitar (3:09)
Terry Murray (6:36)
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