They weren't going to come right out and say that they played down to the level of their opponents the other night.
Hockey players, after all, are unfailingly polite when they aren't on the ice. But the Kings nicely tweaked it the other way after Saturday's flop against Calgary and said they would have no problems getting up for the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues, a familiar playoff foe, are simply the regular-season healing agent for the Kings. On Monday, the Kings scored twice in the first period, built on that effort and barely held on, beating St. Louis, 3-2, at Staples Center.
It was their seventh victory over the Blues in their last eight regular-season meetings. Meanwhile, the Kings have given up two goals or fewer in the last 13 games, a franchise record.
"The past couple of games we didn't play our game at home," said Kings forward Tyler Toffoli, who scored twice. "Tonight, we needed to make a statement against a good team, a similar team to us. We had to come out ha...