Kings fall to St. Louis in shootout
LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul Kariya scored
two goals in the third period and the St. Louis Blues got goals from
Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes in the first two rounds of a shootout to
beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 on Saturday.
Boyes and Keith Tkachuk had
second-period goals for the Blues and Chris Mason recorded six of his
36 saves in overtime before thwarting Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson in
Kariya’s second goal of the game and
eighth of the season came during a power play with 2:20 remaining,
giving him four in five games following a 14-game drought.
Kariya gave the Blues a 4-3 lead,
using teammate David Backes as a screen to beat Jonathan Quick to the
glove side after Kings defenseman Matt Green was sent off for slashing.
It was only the third power-play goal by the Blues in 37 chances
spanning 11 games.
Alexander Frolov scored the tying
goal for the Kings with 34 seconds left in regulation, beating Mason
from short range after Drew Doughty’s one-timer from the high shot was
blocked by Backes.
The Kings also got a short-handed
goal from Brad Richardson, who has scored in three consecutive games
following a 64-game drought dating to February 2008.
Rookie Scott Parse and Jarret Stoll
each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have been getting some
much-needed scoring lately from unexpected sources with Alexander
Frolov and captain Dustin Brown having trouble generating offense.
Wayne Simmonds had two assists, extending his career-best points streak
to six games.
Stoll gave the Kings a 3-2 lead with
11:29 left in regulation, beating Mason through the pads with a wrist
shot from the slot after Parse fed him the puck from the left boards.
But Kariya got the equalizer just 27 seconds later, scoring his seventh
goal of the season with Quick out of position after a previous shot by
the Blues hit a player in front.
St. Louis took a 2-1 lead at 11:54 of
the second period when B.J. Crombeen shook off a check behind the net
and set up Boyes’s short wrist shot. It was the seventh goal for Boyes,
who scored 76 over the previous two seasons.
The Blues’ lead lasted exactly one
minute. Mason stopped a sharp-angle shot by Michal Handzus from the
left circle, but Parse pounced on the rebound and took a quick shot
that hopped out of Mason’s glove, fluttered over his left shoulder and
tricked across the goal line before defenseman Darryl Sydor could swat
Richardson opened the scoring with 5:24 left in the first period with his fourth career short-handed goal.
Mason had just gathered in a long
clearing pass off the boards from the Kings’ zone and tried to pass the
puck up the middle to defenseman Eric Johnson, who suddenly veered away
from the puck to avoid a collision with Kariya. Kariya then tripped
over Johnson’s skate, and Jarret Stoll was able to swoop in and get
possession before setting up Richardson for a wrist shot from the top
of the left circle that beat Mason to the glove side.
The Blues thought they had tied it
at 8:39 of the period when David Perron circled the net and threw the
puck into the crease, where it caromed in off the skate of Kings
defenseman Sean O’Donnell as Tkachuk collided with Quick. But the goal
was waved off and Tkachuk received a goaltender interference penalty.
The Blues eventually tied the score
at 3:32 of the second period when Perron’s shot from the right boards
caromed in off Tkachuk’s skate as he was coveted tightly by Jack
Johnson just outside the crease. The goal was Tkachuk’s sixth this
season and just his third in 23 games.
NOTES: The Kings held a pregame
ceremony to honor Luc Robitaille, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall
of Fame on Nov. 9. Robitaille is the franchise’s all-time leading goal
scorer and the highest scoring left wing in league history. He
currently is the Kings’ president of business operations. … St. Louis
coach Andy Murray, who used to coach the Kings and holds the club
record with 215 regular-season victories, is 8-5-0 against them since
taking the Blues job.