1. The Kings had 39 shots on goal. Just one of them got past the Blues' Jake Allen.
“We couldn’t put the puck in the net,” Kings’ Coach
The Kings had 21 shots in the second period alone, but Allen stood his ground until Sutter pulled his goaltender with three minutes to go and
“When you are not capitalizing on your chances and the other team’s goalie is making big saves … it gives the other team momentum,” defenseman
On the other end, the Kings’
The loss was the first in regulation for Quick since he returned from injury last month.
2. The special teams, so good as of late, weren't very special Monday.
The penalty kill came into Monday with a league-leading 94.3% kill rate over the last 21 games, but the Blues beat it on their second try, with Paajarvi scoring the game-winner with
"I don't think our power play was at the level it needed to be, and obviously they got one on the power play so that was the difference," captain Anze Kopitar said.
St. Louis’ special teams are pretty good in their own right. The Blues have the top power play in the
3. Instead of closing the gap in the playoff race, the Kings saw the deficit grow.
With the win, the Blues established a comfortable wild-card lead over the Kings with less than a month left in the season. To close that gap, the Kings need to gain more than a point a week on St. Louis, which plays eight of its final 14 games against teams that are below .500.
That will be difficult — but not impossible.
"Best part about this game, we play again tomorrow," Sutter said of Tuesday's match with Arizona. "If we win, it looks good again [in the standings]."