In the final analysis, the Kings’ 6-4 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Blues wasn’t the finest hockey game ever contested in the long and occasionally compelling history of the NHL. But it sure had a little something for everyone at Staples Center.
Both starting goaltenders were pulled from the game, for instance. One team scored three consecutive goals, but the other struck five straight times and rallied to win. There were three fights in the first period. One team took 10 penalties and the other took eight.
Rookie defenseman Jake Muzzin scored the tying goal and Jeff Carter supplied the go-ahead strike to complete the Kings’ rally from a 4-1 deficit. The Kings (12-7-2) won for the seventh time in their last eight games and for the ninth contest in their last 11.
It was their biggest comeback victory since April 6, 2010, when they rallied to defeat the Ducks 5-4 in a shootout after trailing 4-1. The won Tuesday by playing their second outstanding third period in as many nights. Monday, they scored four times in the third to beat the Nashville Predators 5-1.
“Every good team tries to establish an identity, on home ice especially,” said Anze Kopitar, who had a goal and an assist in the Kings’ sixth consecutive victory at Staples Center. “Overall, with our identity we’ve done a good job of showing what we’re all about.
“You definitely want to be a hard team to play against.”