Los Angeles – Justin Falk scored 46 seconds into overtime and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2–1 on Monday night.
Tyler Bozak also scored and Jordan Binnington scored 26 goals for the Blues, who are locked in the fourth seed in the West Division and will play from Colorado or Vegas in the first round of the playoffs.
“We want to keep building,” Bozak said. “We want to limit our turnover. Obviously, create a lot of O-zone time. I still think we can get a lot more shots on the net, making more plays in the offensive zone that way, but we will keep going to the playoffs here. “
Foulk and David Perron raced 2-on-1 after Raul O’Reilly won the opening faceoff in overtime, and Falk won with a wrist shot for his seventh goal.
Blues coach Craig Berube said, “It’s good to see him get a goal.” He said, “They now get a lot of opportunities to score at night and out.” There might be five, six more goals this year, but just one warrior. He just keeps going. He does not stop. Nothing bothers him. “
Alex Iafallo scored, Calvin Peterson made 17 saves and the Kings tied their home schedule with four straight defeats.
Kings coach Todd McLanan said, “Offensively, I thought that for a team that had to work hard to score, I felt we had become beloved.” “When we were shooting the puck, we wanted to make plays and maybe that would have cost us the game.”
After a two-time taped hockey, which Berube said has no feelings, the Blues and Kings eventually began to generate offense in the third.
Bozak hit a five-hole with a backhand to give St. Louis a 1:25 lead in the third.
Jaden Schwartz set up Bozak’s fifth goal, and Faulk got a secondary assist, his fifth in the last five games. It was also Folk’s 200th career assist.
Iafallo responded with a one-timer from the left circle to tie it at 7:35.
Gabriel Villardi extended his talk to four games with an assist. He has three goals and two assists over that period, closing out an unregulated first full season in the NHL on a positive note in the 2017 first-round draft.
“I’m feeling comfortable right now,” said Villardi. “I’m playing with two good lenemates who both work hard, and I’m able to get the puck so that I can make more plays. We’re building aggressively right now.”
Drew Doughty almost won the regulation for Los Angeles, hitting the post on the power play with 1:09 remaining, but Bingington was able to fall on the loose puck before the Kings responded.
St. Louis finished 15-9-4 on the road this season.
“I’ve had success because I’m playing on the road here,” Bozak said. “I’m not sure what it is. Maybe we play a little simpler game that better suits us on the road, but home-ice advantage, you want to play your best at home in front of your fans. And we should be better than what we were at home this year, and we’ve got two games to make that kind of improvement, to end the year and on a good note, increase confidence in the playoffs “
work to do
Los Angeles was 9–14–5 at home and lost 11 of their last 14 matches at Staples Center, following their work in playoff contention in March. Kings never won more than two on home ice.
“Our young players who have been in the league for a year or two will have to show improvement,” McClellan said. He said, “They need to start lifting more weight with aggressive, defensive, sports management. It is essential that they graduate and advance to the next level.
Get the right
Blues defenseman Tory Krug returned after missing five matches due to an upper body injury, and Berub hoped that several other injured players could get at least one game before the playoffs began.
That group includes Vladimir Tarasenko and Sammy Bliss and defenseman Vince Dunn.
Dunn has missed nine games due to an upper body injury, Bliss to four games due to an upper body injury and Tarsenko to four games with a lower body injury.
On the basis of caution
Blues defenseman Jake Wallman did not play after testing positive for COVID-19. General Manager Doug Armstrong believes it was a false positive because Wallman has been vaccinated and the second test came out negative.
Nico Mikkola was also unavailable due to an upper body injury, with Steven Santini replacing Wallman in the lineup.
Blues: Host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday nights.
Kings: Wednesday night at the Colorado Avalanche.
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