extend unbeaten streak with win over Kings
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[October 31, 2017]
ST. LOUIS -- Blues coach Mike
Yeo has an easy way to measure the impact St. Louis left winger
Jaden Schwartz is starting to have around the NHL.
"We're starting to get a lot more questions about him when we are
out of town, I know that," Yeo said. "That's when you kind of get a
sense of it. You want that for your players. That's not why he plays
the game, he doesn't play the game for people to talk about how good
he is. At the same time, he's human, and I'm sure he wants to be
recognized for his efforts.
"He's got to be in the conversation for the top players in the
league. It's great to see him perform at that level."
Schwartz was at the top of his game again on Monday night, as he set
up the Blues' first goal and then scored his eighth of the season to
lead the team to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in an
early-season showdown between two of the hottest teams in the
The Blues (10-2-1) are 6-0-1 in their last seven games. They are
5-0-0 at home, and their 21 points are the most in the Western
Conference. They had been tied with the Kings, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped.
The 10 wins for the Blues tied the franchise record for the most in
October, and one of the biggest reasons has been the play of
His two points increased his season total to 17, tied for the second
most in team history in October behind only the 19 scored by Brett
Hull in 1991.
Schwartz has scored at least one point in 11 of the Blues' 13 games,
and one of the two when he didn't score was in the team's last game
on Saturday night, when his line failed to register a point.
That left the trio of Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden
Schenn more determined against the Kings (9-2-1).
"We weren't too happy with our last game," Schwartz said. "We knew
we had better, and we talked about it and wanted to come out and
play a hard game against these guys."
It was Schwartz's interception of a Los Angeles pass that led to the
game's first goal, by Tarasenko, 7:25 into the second period. It was
his sixth of the season but first in six games.
Less than three minutes later, Schwartz knocked in a rebound of a
shot by Schenn for his eighth goal of the year.
"You could see the purpose in their game right from the start," Yeo
said of Schwartz's line. "It's a really tough team to get offense
on; you're going to have to assert yourself and force them into
mistakes and create opportunities. I thought they did that tonight."
Tarasenko, who has received the bulk of media attention among Blues
players in recent years, is one of Schwartz's biggest supporters.
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Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) makes a save against the Los Angeles
Kings during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit:
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"Schwartz has always been a great player," Tarasenko said. "We all
know this. Whenever guys say something wrong about him, let them
talk. We all know what kind of player Jaden is and better for us. He
has unbelievable personality."
The Blues also got a goal from Carl Gunnarsson -- their 14th of the
season scored by a defenseman, the most in the league -- and an
empty-net goal from Vladimir Sobotka.
The Kings challenged Gunnarsson's goal for goalie interference, but
after a video review, the goal was allowed to stand.
"If you look at the replay, (goalie Jonathan Quick's) stick gets
pulled out but no one knows what the rules are anyway," Los Angeles
winger Dustin Brown said. "Tonight, it was not goaltender
interference, and two weeks from now it might be, I don't know.
That's part of the problem."
The Kings, who wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 4-2 record,
got a goal from Tanner Pearson and a power-play goal from Brown,
their first with the man advantage in six games.
"It's kind of a sour note to go home on, but to be honest with you,
I thought the guys played hard tonight," Kings coach John Stevens
said. "We'll learn from this game and continue to get better."
Quick and Blues goalie Jake Allen each made 26 saves.
NOTES: Kings D Drew Doughty played in his 700th career game. ...
Blues C Brayden Schenn was drafted by the Kings with the fifth
overall pick in 2009 but played only nine games for the team before
he was traded to the Flyers in 2011. He was acquired by the Blues
this summer. ... C Patrik Berglund participated in the morning skate
with the Blues but is still not projected to rejoin the team until
December as he recovers from a dislocated left shoulder. ... The
Blues host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night while the Kings
return home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs the same night.
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