ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings dialed it back to their Stanley Cup run last spring, and put another beating on the St. Louis Blues.
Jeff Carter scored twice for the first time since the Game 6 Cup clincher over New Jersey and the Kings didn't need playoff star Jonathan Quick in goal to shut down St. Louis in a 4-1 victory on Monday night.
"That's something we've been talking about, getting a lead and playing with a lead," Carter said. "We haven't been doing that much this year.
"It's not easy coming in here and playing these guys. It's a step in the right direction.
Brian Elliott has been in net the last four games of the Blues' five-game losing streak, a skid in which they've allowed 26 goals. Elliott made 19 saves in a surprise start a day after Jaroslav Halak was activated from injured reserve, led the team onto the ice for the pregame skate and was listed on the game sheet.
(There's) "no going into the pregame skate knowing what you're going to be facing, so it's a...