After a heart-breaking loss to the Detroit Red Wings the previous afternoon, the Kings faced off against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. For the first time in quite a while they were the team to score first. At 8:31 of the first period none other than Jeff Carter opened the score with assists from Voynov and Richards. The Kings added couple more goals in their strongest period of this season – the second period – when Carter scored his second of the game and Drewiske added a power play goal. Though the Blues made it 3-1 with only 43 seconds remaining in the middle frame, the Kings took their three goal lead back at 3:36 of the third with a goal from Stoll. Thanks to good performance by Bernier and a solid overall team effort the Kings won 4-1. The downside to this win can be another loss on a blue line – Alec Martinez left the game early due to an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Simon had a solid game. His performance wasn’t as strong as the previous game against Detroit but he definitely wasn’t a liability. As the Kings Insider, Jon Rosen wrote on his blog:
I thought Gagne was fine yesterday. Among the notes I took during the game were: Gagne – breaks up 3-on-2 (Tarasenko); Gagne – good game most zones. Smart game, got puck deep. I also remember him taking a hit at the blueline in the second period to get a puck into the attacking end. (…) I thought Gagne raised his game overall on this trip.
Simon was credited with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit, 1 take-away and 1 blocked shot. He was even in +/- rating.
Full game recaps and video links after the jump!