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Allen makes 28 saves, Blues shut out Kings

Tarasenko has goal, assist to help St. Louis gain in Central Division

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

Tarasenko's top-shelf snipe

STL@LAK: Tarasenko beats Quick top shelf

Vladimir Tarasenko rips a shot to the top corner to give the Blues a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the 2nd period

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LOS ANGELES -- Jake Allen made 28 saves for his 19th career NHL shutout, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 at Staples Center on Thursday.

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues (36-25-6), who won back-to-back games against the Anaheim Ducks and Kings.

"It's a statement I think, for sure," Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly said. "These are two teams -- obviously their records don't show it -- but they are heavy, hard teams. They aren't easy to play against, and for us come out here and squeak out the win last night, come here and shut them out … We played it the right way."


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St. Louis trails the Winnipeg Jets by four points for second place in the Central Division. The Blues have a three-point lead over the Dallas Stars for third place. The Stars hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.  

Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for the Kings (24-35-8), who are 1-8-4 in their past 13 games. 

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Tarasenko put the Blues ahead 1-0 25 seconds into the second period, scoring his 28th goal on a wrist shot from the left circle. 

Brayden Schenn had the first of his two assists on the play, continuing his strong production when playing on a line with Tarasenko and O'Reilly. Schenn has 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in his past 13 games playing with Tarasenko and O'Reilly, and the three have combined for 56 points (21 goals, 35 assists) in that span.   

"It's nice having him back, that's for sure," O'Reilly said of Schenn. "We're a line that plays a lot of minutes. We have to lead the charge that way. Both [Tarasenko] and [Schenn] played great tonight."  

Schenn has four points (one goal, three assists) in two games since returning from an upper-body injury that kept him out for six games. The Blues were 2-3-1 without Schenn following an 11-game winning streak.  

"You see how much [Schenn] means to that line, means to our group," Allen said. "I don't know how many games he missed … we weren't playing like we did (during the winning streak). We're working our way back and he just adds so much to our top six. To have that No. 1 line like that is key."

Tyler Bozak made it 2-0 at 18:42 when he scored from the slot. Joel Edmundson was able to knock down the rebound of his own shot out of midair and pass it to Bozak, who scored his 11th goal.

O'Reilly extended the lead to 3-0 at 19:58 on an odd-man rush when he tipped Schenn's pass past Quick. 

"We're not fancy and beating guys one-on-one," O'Reilly said. "It's kind of coming together and supporting each other, and we find a way to support each other. When we do that you can see we're able to make plays and stuff opens up so we find ways to break down teams."

Ivan Barbashev's one-timer in the right circle off a pass from Sammy Blais on an odd-man rush made it 4-0 at 8:13 of the third period.

"Tonight alone I think that's more odd-man rushes than I've seen in a game in a long time" Kings forward Tyler Toffoli said. "That's not a way for any team to be successful, and that's not a way for any team to stick together because that just creates problems and creates panic coming back into the zone and gives the other team more space which skill players are going to make plays and score goals."  

Video: STL@LAK: Jon Hamm announces Barbashev's goal


They said it

"We had a tough little stretch there. Now we're coming back. We're working our way up the mountain. I don't think, to be honest, we're where we were for that 11-game win streak, but I think we're progressing and it's a good thing. We're building it back." -- Blues goalie Jake Allen

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"It wasn't a good effort on our part. They're a good team but that's not good enough from us." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins


Need to know

Tarasenko got his second consecutive multipoint game and 14th of the season. He has 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 34 road games, and had four points (one goal, three assists) against the Ducks and Kings. … Tarasenko scored his 35th game-winning goal, tying Alexander Steen for fourth place in Blues history. … Blues forward Robert Thomas had an assist, giving him five points (two goals, three assists) in the past four games. … Barbashev ended an 11-game scoreless streak. … The Blues are 13-4-2 on the road in 2019. … The Kings were shut out for the third time this season. 


What's next

Blues: At the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSCA, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Kings: At the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-W, NHL.TV)

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