On Jan. 21 in an afternoon game at Staples Center between the Los Angeles Kings and the St. Louis Blues, the Kings came away with an impressive 4-3 win. It was the Kings' second win over the Blues during the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season. On Nov. 19, Cal Peterson made 29 saves as the Kings defeated the Blues 2-0. Here are four of the best plays in the Kings' 4-3 win over the Blues on Martin Luther King Day.
1) Just over six minutes into the hockey game, Blues defenseman Colton Parayko delivered a hard slap shot from the point that was kicked away by Kings' goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was celebrating his 33rd birthday. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty then made a great play as he cleared the puck before the Blues could generate another immediate scoring chance.
2) With less than a minute left in the first period, the Kings got on the scoreboard thanks to a great pass by Brendan Leipsic. The Kings left winger found Tyler Toffoli, who easily scored into the empty net and put the Kings within one goal, at 2-1 at the time.
3) In the third period, Leipsic once again delivered an exceptional pass, this time from Wayne Gretzky's office, which is located in the area behind the opposition net. In this pass, Leipsic got the puck past two Blues players, and on the stick of Paul LaDue, who scored the game-winning goal. For LaDue, this was his second goal of the season and third game-winning goal of his career. He previously scored two game-winning goals for the Kings in 2017-18. The first came in a 3-0 Kings win over the Dallas Stars on Jan. 30, 2018 and the second came in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 7, 2018.
4) Then, late in the hockey game, Quick denied Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko from close in range. The save by Quick with 28 seconds left preserved a Kings one-goal victory.
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