ST. LOUIS (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter recorded a pair of goals and Jonathan Bernier delivered a solid first start of the season as the Los Angeles Kings dealt the struggling St. Louis Blues a 4-1 loss at the Scottrade Center.
Bernier turned aside 21-of-22 shots in place of a resting Jonathan Quick to help the defending Stanley Cup champions halt a two-game skid and extend St. Louis' losing streak to five straight contests (0-4-1). The Kings also received a power-play goal from Davis Drewiske and an even-strength marker from Jarret Stoll in the triumph.
Alex Steen accounted for the lone goal for the Blues, who failed to avenge last season's four-game sweep at the hands of Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals. Brian Elliott, subbing for a still-ailing Jaroslav Halak, managed just 19 saves in the setback.
St. Louis had activated Halak, who missed the club's previous three losses with a groin strain, from injured reserve prior to the game. However, he aggravated the injury during pregame warmups and was held out.