The Los Angeles Kings dialed it back to their Stanley Cup run last spring and put another beating on the St. Louis Blues.
Jeff Carter had a two-goal game for the first time since the Game 6 Cup clincher over New Jersey, and the Kings didn't need playoff star Jonathan Quick in goal to shut down host St. Louis in a 4-1 victory on Monday night.
"That's something we've been talking about, getting a lead and playing with a lead," Carter said. "We haven't been doing that much this year."
Brian Elliott has been in net the last four games of the Blues' five-game losing streak, a skid in which they've allowed 26 goals. Elliott made 19 saves in a surprise start a day after Jaroslav Halak was activated from injured reserve, led the team onto the ice for the pregame skate and was listed on the game sheet.
Halak tweaked a groin strain, and Elliott found out he was starting about five minutes before the opening faceoff.
"I think everybody was in a little bit of shock," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He had three really good days of practice and then, I don't know, somewhere in the warm-up he pulled it again."
Hitchcock said he'd know the extent of the injury in practice Tuesday.
But the win came at a cost. James Reimer stopped 12 shots before being replaced by Ben Scrivens early in the second period with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Reimer stayed down before being helped to the locker room without putting any weight on his left leg.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle says Reimer will be evaluated Tuesday but added he doesn't expect him to miss much action.
Scrivens finished with 32 saves.
Coyotes 3, Avalanche 2: Shane Doan scored his second goal of the game at 4:01 of overtime and Mike Smith stopped 41 shots, helping visiting Phoenix rally past Colorado.
Wild 2, Flames 1: Mikko Koivu scored the winner in the shootout and Minnesota got its first road victory of the season.
Rescheduled game: The snowed-out game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 25. The game was originally to be played on Saturday. It was postponed because of the blizzard in the Northeast.