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LaBarbera gets third career shutout in Kings' 4-0 win over Blues

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ST. LOUIS - Kyle Quincey and Patrick O'Sullivan scored 5:28 apart in the first period, Jason LaBarbera stopped 15 shots and the Los Angeles Kings beat the listless St. Louis Blues 4-0 Friday night.

The Kings, winners of three of their last four after opening the season 0-2, also got goals from Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown. Brown also had an assist and LaBarbera earned his third career shutout.

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

The Blues also lost goalie Manny Legace to a "lower body injury." He stopped 10 shots before departing after the first period. Legace might have been injured when he tripped on the carpet laid out for Republican U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who dropped the ceremonial first puck.

As the Blues were coming onto the ice for pre-game warmups, Legace stepped onto the ice and apparently stumbled on the carpet. Legace played the first period but the injury obviously affected his play, and he was replaced St. Louis native Ben Bishop, who made his NHL debut.

The Kings led 2-0 after one period on goals by Quincey and O'Sullivan.

Quincey's first goal of the season came off a screen shot from the left point after a faceoff win 12:21 into the period made it 1-0. 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.

Notes: The six-foot-seven Bishop became the tallest goalie to suit up in an NHL game. ... Tkachuk snapped a franchise-record streak of scoring goals in consecutive games 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.

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