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Kings power play connects three times in 5-3 win against Blues

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LOS ANGELES - Alexander Frolov, Tom Preissing and Drew Doughty scored power-play goals and Erik Ersberg made 24 saves in the Los Angeles Kings' 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Anze Kopitar scored an even-strength goal and Dustin Brown added an empty-net tally for the Kings. Kopitar, Brown, Frolov, Preissing and Doughty also earned assists.

Ersberg made his third consecutive start after Jason LaBarbera was in goal for each of the Kings' first 10 games. Los Angeles has won consecutive games for just the second time this season.

The Kings are 8-5-3 over the past two seasons in games started by Ersberg, including 2-0-1 this season. The 26-year-old Swede dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to the Anaheim Ducks in his first start on Tuesday and then faced 15 shots in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

The Kings are 2-0 against St. Louis this season, including a 4-0 road win on Oct. 24 when LaBarbera made 15 saves for the shutout.

Andy McDonald ended the Blues' scoring drought against the Kings that exceeded 101 minutes. He sent in a wrist shot from the slot early in the third period. Patrick Burgland and Brad Boyes also scored for St. Louis.

Blues goalie Manny Legace made 26 saves in his first outing since injuring a hip before the loss to the Kings last month. Legace tripped on a carpet placed on the ice for a ceremonial puck drop by then Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Kopitar scored his first goal in nine games by wrapping a rebound of Brown's shot past Legace at 3:01 of the first period to make it 1-0.

Then the Kings' power play took over.

Frolov tipped Kyle Quincey's shot past Legace during a Kings advantage 7:14 into the second. Preissing sent a 45-foot slapshot through a screen by Legace with 1:19 to play in the period, to make it 3-0.

Doughty scored his second NHL goal in the third period. The 18-year-old rookie defenceman has four points - including three assists - in two games.

Notes: An MRI on Blues forward Paul Kariya's undisclosed lower body injury didn't reveal further damage. He could return to the St. Louis lineup at Buffalo on Wednesday. ... Kings coach Terry Murray was behind the bench for his 750th NHL game as a head coach.

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