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“He was good,” St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie said. “It seems like he’s always good.”
In addition to air-tight goaltending, the Los Angeles Kings also got something unexpected. Trevor Lewis scored his first two goals of the season early in the third period to key a 4-1 victory on Thursday night.
“We have developed a little bit of a rivalry over the last couple years,” Quick said. “But at the end of the day it counts as two points.
“You don’t get extra points because it’s St. Louis.”
Quick had 28 saves as Los Angeles improved to 16-4 in their last 20 meetings with St. Louis, including a pair of playoff series wins the last two seasons. In 2012, the Kings swept the Blues in the second round en route to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and they took four straight after spotting St. Louis two wins in the first round last spring.
“They were much better than us,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Depends on what we do with it. I’m kind of getting sick of watching it.”
Oshie scored his first career goal on a penalty shot in the second period for the Blues, who snapped a five-game home winning streak. Oshie has 11 goals on the season and has five goals and four assists in his last six home games.
The Blues dropped to 18-4-2 at home and lost for just the second time in 10 games.
Lewis scored the tiebreaker at 2:04 of the third, just 4 seconds after the Blues killed off Ryan Reaves’ roughing penalty resulting from a large scrum at the end of the second. Lewis‘ shot from the right boards was stopped by Halak but the rebound deflected into the net off the skate of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz.
Lewis then got his second goal of the season on a short-handed wraparound at 4:21, capitalizing on goalie Jaroslav Halak’s stick-handling goof to make it 3-1. Halak couldn’t get the puck away from the boards, then didn’t want to play it inside the trapezoid for fear of a two-minute penalty and also thought a defenseman had the net covered.
“I’ll take the blame for this one,” Halak said. “We lost because of me.”
Lewis was the Kings‘ first-round pick in 2006 but entered with one assist in 38 games and had only five goals last season, the last March 28 at St. Louis. He got multiple points for the first time since March 16 when he had two assists against the Sharks.
“He does all the details within our game, within our system,” linemate Jarret Stoll said. “A lot of stuff doesn’t get noticed when you’re writing articles or seeing us on TV.
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