Paul Kariya didn't let an early-game mistake keep him from making a big contribution to a St. Louis Blues victory.
Kariya fell during a first-period power play, leading to a shorthanded goal that gave the Los Angeles Kings an early lead. But he scored twice in the third period, and Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes had shootout goals to give the Blues a 5-4 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Kariya's tumble led to Brad Richardson's shorthanded goal at 14:36 of the opening period.
But he tied the game 3-3 with a goal at 8:58 of the third period, then gave St. Louis the lead when he beat Jonathan Quick with a power-play slap shot from above the left circle through David Backes' screen with 2:20 remaining in regulation.
"A great player shot the puck and (David) Backes created a good screen in front of Quick," said Blues coach Andy Murray. "I don't think Quick saw that puck at all."
Kariya now has four goals in five games after a 14-game drought.
"Paul has worked extremely hard," Murray said. "Even during that recent time when he wasn't scoring, every night you could count him as being one of our best players because of his work ethic. He was checking, he was playing on the power play and he was killing penalties -- which he hasn't done a lot of in his career."
But the Kings forced overtime when Alexander Frolov swatted home a shot from the slot with 34 seconds remaining,
In the shootout, the Kings' Anze Kopitar started by breaking in on Mason, only to lose the puck. McDonald then put the Blues ahead. After Mason stopped Jack Johnson, Boyes ended the game when his shot rolled up Quick's leg pad and trickled into the net.
"Kopitar ends up with the puck on his stick in the overtime on a breakaway and he loses it, that's not like him," Kings coach Terry Murray said.
The game featured two pairs of quick scores.
At 8:31 of the third period, Jarrett Stoll gave the Kings a 3-2 lead, taking a Scott Parse pass from the half-wall and beating Mason between the legs. But before the StaplesCenter crowd could enjoy the lead, it was gone: Kariya tied it by firing Erik Johnson's pass into a wide-open net.
"Whenever you have the lead in the third period, you'd like to keep it," Murray said. "But, it's a pretty good team we played today. There's a lot of desperation on (the Blues') side. The effort we gave on 5-on-5 was sporadic."
After Keith Tkachuk tied the game at 1-1 3:32 into the second period, Boyes Parse traded tallies exactly one minute apart. Boyes converted a pass from B.J. Crombeen, who was behind the Kings' net, driving a shot from the slot past Quick at 11:54 to give the Blues a 2-1 lead. But Parse tied the game 60 seconds later, bouncing a rebound off Mason's left pad, over his shoulder and into the net.
"Parse has been effective the last few games," Murray said. "When he is at the top of his game, with an attitude that 'I know how to score and I want to do something about it,' I like his attitude whenever he shows up that way. He's confident with the puck, he can make plays. He's got a nice skill level and at times here today he showed it."
The Kings held a pregame ceremony to honor Luc Robitaille, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 9. Robitaille is the franchise's all-time leading goal-scorer and the highest scoring left wing in NHL history. He's now the Kings' President of Business Operations.
|SHG - Brad Richardson (3) ASST: Jarret Stoll (14)|
1 - 0 LAK
|Keith Tkachuk (6) ASST: David Perron (9)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Brad Boyes (7) ASST: B.J. Crombeen (4), Jay McClement (5)|
2 - 1 STL
|Scott Parse (3) ASST: Michal Handzus (7), Wayne Simmonds (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Jarret Stoll (8) ASST: Scott Parse (7), Wayne Simmonds (10)|
3 - 2 LAK
|Paul Kariya (7) ASST: Barret Jackman (5), David Backes (7)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Paul Kariya (8) ASST: Erik Johnson (15), Patrik Berglund (3)|
4 - 3 STL
|Alex Frolov (7) ASST: Drew Doughty (15), Anze Kopitar (21)|
4 - 4 Tie
|1||A. Kopitar||A. McDonald|
|2||J. Johnson||B. Boyes|
|Raitis Ivanans Holding against Barret Jackman|
|Keith Tkachuk Interference against Michal Handzus|
|Jack Johnson Slashing against Paul Kariya|
|Peter Harrold Hooking against B.J. Crombeen|
|Paul Kariya Cross checking against Drew Doughty|
|Anze Kopitar Holding against David Perron|
|Matt Greene Slashing against David Backes|