Adrian Kempe, Kings start quickly, bury Blues 5-1

Adrian Kempe, Kings start quickly, bury Blues 5-1

Adrian Kempe scored a short-handed goal and also had an assist to highlight a four-goal first period for Los Angeles and Cam Talbot made 29 saves to lead the host Kings to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.Quinton Byfield, Blake Lizotte, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Kevin Fiala also scored for Los Angeles, which closed to within five points of the first-place Vegas Golden Knights in the Pacific Division with two games in hand. The Kings also improved to 8-1-2 over their last 11 games.Talbot picked up his ninth victory (9-3-1), the second in the league behind Colorado’s Alexandar Georgiev (10-4-0).Jake Neighbours scored a goal and Jordan Binnington finished with 25 saves for St. Louis, which lost its second straight game.Los Angeles scored twice in the first three minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Byfield got the first goal on a power play when he whacked in a rebound on his third try from in front of the crease for his third goal of the season.Lizotte followed 19 seconds later with his fourth goal when he stole a pass below the right circle and put in a wrist shot inside the near post.


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