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Kings 4, Blues 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 4, Blues 0
Los Angeles Kings 4, St. Louis Blues 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) -The St. Louis Blues lost a game and may also have lost a goalie for an extended period of time.

Dustin Brown's goal and assist and Jason LaBarbera stopped 15 shots for his third career shutout in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-0 victory over the Blues on Friday night.

Before the game, Blues goalie Manny Legace tripped on a carpet laid out for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to drop the ceremonial first puck.

"I went to go step on the ice and the (Scottrade Center security) guy goes, 'Watch the carpet,' and he had his foot there holding it, so I figured it would be safe to step on," Legace said. "If he's holding it and I figured the other end's pretty much secure, I was just worrying about the carpet slipping (forward). As soon as I went to step down, he took his foot off the carpet. As soon as I stepped on the carpet, the carpet just shot out and my leg kept going and my other one was still on the bench. I felt it pull right away."

Legace played the first period but the left hip flexor injury obviously affected his play. He gave up two goals on 12 shots and was replaced by St. Louis native Ben Bishop at the start of the second period

Kyle Quincey, Patrick O'Sullivan and Jarret Stoll also scored goals for the Kings, winners of three of their last four after opening the season 0-2. LaBarbera earned his third career shutout.

"It feels good to get a win," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "When you're on the road, it's always very difficult to find wins."

St. Louis has dropped two straight at home and are 1-2 during a seven-game homestand.

"I thought the Kings played real well," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "I thought they had good structure. They were very good tonight, which we expected them to be. They play real hard. ... We knew we were playing a good team tonight."

Quincey's first goal of the season came off a screen shot from the left point after a faceoff 12:21 into the first period. O'Sullivan's third of the season came off Barret Jackman's turnover with 2:11 to play in the period, as he beat Legace with a quick snap shot from the slot.

Stoll and Brown scored in the third period on two more turnovers by the Blues. The first by Keith Tkachuk and the second by Lee Stempniak resulted in unassisted goals.

"We didn't handle the puck very well in the neutral-zone area, and we give credit to them," Andy Murray said. "I thought they did a good job of closing it down. They played a real smart game. We made poor decisions, didn't play with enough authority on our game."

LaBarbera, who was pulled in his last start against Colorado, only had to make seven saves after the first period.

"It didn't seem like we gave them any room," LaBarbera said. "We just looked really good tonight."

Notes: The 6-foot-7 Bishop became the tallest goalie to suit up in an NHL game. ... Tkachuk snapped a franchise-record streak of scoring goals in consecutive to begin a season at six. It's the third time in his career Tkachuk scored in six straight games. ... Blues F Paul Kariya had a career-best nine-game assists streak snapped. Kariya had 12 assists over that span. ... Friday was supposed to feature two of the top four draft picks from this past summer's NHL draft. The Kings selected D Drew Doughty with the second pick, while the Blues picked D Alex Pietrangelo. However, Pietrangelo sat out his fourth straight game with an upper body injury. ... The Kings play in Nashville on Saturday before beginning a season-high seven-game homestand Monday against Detroit.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:21
LAK
Kyle Quincey (1) ASST: Kyle Calder (1), Anze Kopitar (3)
1 - 0 LAK
17:49
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan (3) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:32
LAK
Jarret Stoll (2) ASST: Dustin Brown (4)
3 - 0 LAK
10:04
LAK
Dustin Brown (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
12:15
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
12:15
LAK
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
15:22
LAK
Matt Greene  Elbowing against  Lee Stempniak
18:58
STL
Steve Wagner  Holding against  Oscar Moller
2nd Period
04:31
STL
Steve Wagner  Hooking against  Derek Armstrong
08:47
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
16:02
STL
Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Greene
16:02
LAK
Matt Greene  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
16:55
STL
Steve Wagner  Hooking against  Alex Frolov
3rd Period
06:35
STL
Cam Janssen  Roughing against  Raitis Ivanans
06:35
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Roughing against  Cam Janssen
06:35
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Roughing against  Cam Janssen
06:35
LAK
Brad Richardson  Fighting (maj) against  Dan Hinote
06:35
STL
Dan Hinote  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Richardson
08:56
STL
Yan Stastny  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
08:56
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Yan Stastny
08:56
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Kyle Calder
08:56
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Kyle Calder
08:56
LAK
Kyle Calder  Roughing against  David Backes
08:56
LAK
Kyle Calder  Roughing against  David Backes
16:19
LAK
Michal Handzus  Holding against  Dan Hinote
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 15TOI: 60:00
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Ben Bishop
SA: 17TOI: 40:00
Saves: 15EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .882SH: 2 - 2
Manny Legace
SA: 12TOI: 20:00
Saves: 10EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0