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Blues score three power-play goals in win against Kings

Binnington makes 33 saves for St. Louis, which loses Tarasenko because of injury

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Schenn buries power-play goal

LAK@STL: Schenn pots PPG off Schwartz's nice pass

Brayden Schenn finishes a power-play goal off a nice assist from Jaden Schwartz, extending the Blues' lead to 4-2 in the 3rd period

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ST. LOUIS -- Brayden Schenn scored two goals for the St. Louis Blues in a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Center on Thursday.

Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo each scored a power-play goal, Colton Parayko and Jaden Schwartz each had two assists, and Jordan Binnington made 33 saves for St. Louis (5-2-3), which lost forward Vladimir Tarasenko because of an upper-body injury.

Blues coach Craig Berube didn't have an update on Tarasenko, who left with 6:01 remaining in the first period after getting tangled up with Kings defenseman Sean Walker on a partial breakaway.

 

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"Nothing. I don't know," Berube said. "We'll have to wait until tomorrow. I really don't know anything."

Jeff Carter and Alex Iafallo scored, and Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for Los Angeles (4-6-0).

The Blues went 3-for-4 on the power play, and the Kings were 0-for-3.

"We were drilled on the penalty kill," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. "Our power play wasn't sharp. More importantly for me, it was above and beyond structure tonight. I thought they were just harder. They stripped pucks, they won battles and small-area games we didn't win. They were always ahead of us. They got us tired and hemmed in our zone. For me, a lot of it was the physicality in small areas."

Video: LAK@STL: Dunn finishes Schwartz's nifty feed

Iafallo gave the Kings a 2-1 lead at 3:07 of the second period on a redirection in front.

Robert Thomas appeared to tie the game at 7:12, but the Situation Room overturned the call on the ice after video review showed the puck did not completely cross the goal line.

Pietrangelo tied it 2-2 on the power play at 10:16 of the second, and Thomas gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at 11:56 with his first goal of the season.

"I've been trying to get one for the last couple games, been so close," Thomas said. "After the first one got called off, that kind of [stunk], but nice to get another one.

"I missed an open net the game before. It's one of those where it will eventually come. Great play by [Zach Sanford] and I had the whole net."

Schenn's power-play goal at 7:29 of the third period extended the lead to 4-2 before he scored into an empty net at 19:01 to make it 5-2.

"Both units are doing a good job, obviously," Schenn said about the Blues' special teams. "[David Perron] made a nice pass to [Pietrangelo] there, too. Both units are going and clicking. You're not going to score every game, but you have to create some momentum along the way. And obviously tonight it was nice to get three."

Carter gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 14:49 of the first period, but Dunn tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 18:23.

Video: LAK@STL: Pietrangelo rips one-timer by Quick

 

They said it

"They have what we want. Everyone wants to beat them and give them our A game. Obviously, they did a good job against us tonight, and I don't think we were as sharp as we needed to be." -- Kings forward Trevor Lewis on the Blues

"After losing four in a row there (0-2-2), we've responded as a team. We know what it takes to win. Sometimes it's hard and it's not flashy, but we know it's successful." -- Blues center Brayden Schenn on winning two in a row

"Any time you lose a player, it [stinks], and a player like [Vladimir Tarasenko], it's even worse. I thought we came together nicely and picked up for him when he was gone. Hopefully he's back soon. I think as a forward group we responded really well." -- Blues forward Robert Thomas

 

Need to know

Kings center Anze Kopitar had an assist and needs one point for 900 in the NHL. He has 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists) in 46 games against St. Louis. ... Schwartz extended his point streak to six games (one goal, six assists). ... Schenn has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in the past nine games. ... Blues forward Sammy Blais (thumb) missed his first game this season and is day to day. ... This was the first game Los Angeles did not outshoot its opponent this season; each team had 35 shots.

 

What's next

Kings: At the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Blues: At the Boston Bruins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Video: Schenn, Binnington lead Blues to 5-2 win vs. Kings

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