Kings 4, Blues 1: Jeff Carter scored twice and Jonathan Bernier turned aside 21 shots in his first start of the season as visiting Los Angeles handed reeling St. Louis its fifth consecutive setback.
Defenseman Davis Drewiske added a power-play goal and Jarret Stoll also scored for the Kings, who continued their dominance of the Blues. Los Angeles swept St. Louis in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
Alexander Steen scored for the second consecutive game and Brian Elliott finished with 19 saves for the Blues, who have yielded 25 goals during their winless skid (0-4-1).
Carter opened the scoring 8:31 into the first period after accepting a brilliant feed from defenseman Slava Voynov before sliding the puck past Elliott. Defenseman Keaton Ellerby set up the second goal for Carter, who eased past St. Louis defenseman Ian Cole before deftly sliding a backhand shot between the pads of Elliott for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Drewiske added his first goal of the campaign before Steen answered with a one-timer from the point with 43 seconds left in the second period. Bernier held the fort from there to win in his 50th career appearance.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Elliott was the surprise starter after Jaroslav Halak became a late scratch from the contest. Halak, who was activated from injured reserve on Monday, appeared to aggravate his strained groin during warm-ups. ... Former Blues coach and current Kings assistant Davis Payne admitted that he noticed a difference upon his return to Scottrade Center. "It's a little bit strange," Payne told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's kind of like going back to a high-school reunion. You think it's familiar territory, but things have changed and life has kind of moved on." ... The Kings finished their five-game road trip with a 2-3-0 record.