LAst Night's Action: Kings Got a Case of the Blues
St. Louis Blues defeat LA Kings 3-1. Against the team with the worst home record in the league and outside the playoff hunt, the Kings did everything but score goals. The Blues took advantage of the Kings sleeping through their checks when BJ Crombeen scored on a two-on-one rush 3:57 into the game. The Blue extended their lead when Keith Tkachuk’s shot hit traffic and was ricocheted into the net by TJ Oshie 1:06 in the second period. The Kings looked to make a similar comeback as the night before in Colorado when captain Dustin Brown hit an unassisted power play goal 4:38 in the third period. The Kings then went on a shooting barrage in the third period and looked to be on their way to at least tie the game. But a weird play ensued when the puck got behind goalie Jonathan Quick. Although defenseman Randy Jones was there behind Quick and tried to stop the puck with his skate, the puck did squirt ever so slightly through the goal line. The former Mighty Duck Paul Kariya was credited the goal, his fourth goal in his last seven games. Quick saved 23 shots for the Kings while Blues net minder Chris Mason saved 30 shots.
LA Clippers defeat Houston Rockets 99-93. Playing the spoiler for the Rockets slim playoff hopes, the Clippers came into the game losing their last 11 road games dating back to February 2 and haven’t won in Houston since 2006. Improbably the Clippers won despite trailing by as many as 11 in the third quarter to a short-handed Houston team without Shane Battier and Kevin Martin. Craig Smith came up huge for the Clips off the bench leading all scorers with 25 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Drew Gooden also had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Baron Davis added 16 points and Eric Gordon had 14 points. The Clippers also blocked 10 shots.