The Kings completed their annual Grammys trip with a 4-1 rout of the listless St. Louis Blues on Monday night, ending a two-game losing streak. Jeff Carter scored two goals to help make Jonathan Bernier a winner in his first start in net this season.
The Kings built a 3-0 lead, thanks to goals from Carter and defenseman Davis Drewiske, before the Blues cut it to 3-1 on Alex Steen’s strike late in the second period. Jarret Stoll extended the lead to 4-1 in the opening moments of the third period.
Alec Martinez left the game in the first period because of an upper body injury. Keaton Ellerby took his ice time and earned an assist on the second of Carter’s two goals. Carter got a step on the defense and Ellerby hit him with a flawless pass.
Bernier made 22 saves in place of Jonathan Quick, who started the team’s first 10 games. Quick gave up a last-second goal during the Kings’ 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon, after Martinez tied the score inside the final minute.
The Kings lost to the Ducks, defeated Columbus and then lost to Nashville and Detroit before ending their five-game trip with a one-sided victory over the Blues. They return home Friday to face the Columbus Blue Jackets before hitting the road again.
“It’s huge,” Drewiske said of the Kings’ victory during a postgame TV interview. “We feel like we’ve been doing some good things. We needed to put together a 60-minute game and maybe we can build off this one going into Friday.”