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Dustin Brown scores hat trick, Kings power to 6-2 win over Blues

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LOS ANGELES - Dustin Brown scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, Anze Kopitar had two goals and an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings rebounded from their most lopsided loss of the season with a 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Brown, who ended an eight-game goal drought, scored twice in a 72-second span during power plays in the second period. The Kings' captain netted his third of the game and ninth of the season with 7:15 remaining when he redirected a shot by Jarret Stoll, who had three assists.

Alexander Frolov had a power-play goal for the Kings and Kyle Quincey had two assists. Erik Ersberg got the start after Jason LaBarbera's 6-1 loss at Colorado on Tuesday and made 26 saves.

The Kings improved to 3-0 against the Blues, including a 4-0 road win by LaBarbera on Oct. 24.

Los Angeles was 3-for-6 on the power play against a club that was short-handed no more than five times in its previous 11 games.

Cam Paddock and Carlo Colaiacovo scored for St. Louis. Andy Murray, in his third season as Blues coach after getting fired by the Kings with 12 games left in the 2005-06 season, is 2-9 against his former team.

Blues goaltender Manny Legace, who took a knee to the head from Anaheim's Ryan Carter while giving up a rebound goal in Wednesday night's 4-2 loss, was placed on the injured list because of a mild concussion. Chris Mason made his 10th start and stopped 24 shots.

Ben Bishop, recalled from Peoria of the AHL to back up Mason, played the third period and gave up two goals 37 seconds apart.

After killing two St. Louis power plays, the Kings connected the first time they had the man advantage. Frolov opened the scoring at 10:18 of the opening period, redirecting Quincey's wrist shot from the left point. The goal was Frolov's 12th this season and seventh in 10 games.

Staggered penalties against B.J. Crombeen for interference and Dan Hinote for tripping gave the Kings a two-man advantage for 1:23. Quincey took a shot inside the blue line, and Brown redirected it past Mason's stick 33 seconds into the 5-on-3 power play for a 2-0 lead at 7:32 of the second.

Brown then beat Mason between the pads from the middle of the right circle after getting a cross-ice pass from Kopitar. The two-goal game was the 10th of Brown's career and first this season for the Kings' captain, who hasn't scored in eight games.

Kopitar made it 4-0 at 10:35 of the second after Mason kicked out Quincey's slap shot from the left point. The Blues got on the board less than three minutes later when Roman Polak's slap shot from the right point deflected off the stick of Kings defenceman Sean O'Donnell and then off the blade of Cam Paddock's stick. The goal was upheld after a lengthy video review.

Notes: The Blues have allowed 10 power-play goals in six games. ... The crowd of 13,851 was the Kings' 10th under 15,000 in 19 home games this season. ... Hinote was activated from the injured list after missing 13 games with an undisclosed lower body injury. ... RW Teddy Purcell made his season debut for Los Angeles after getting recalled from Manchester (AHL).

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