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27-41-14

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Kings 4, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 4, Blues 1
St. Louis Blues 1, Los Angeles Kings 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Anze Kopitar is off to a fast start in the NHL.

The rookie forward had three assists, including one on Alexander Frolov's tiebreaking goal, to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 Saturday night.

Kopitar, a 19-year-old center who became the first Slovenian born player to be drafted in the NHL when the Kings selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 draft, had a pair of goals in his debut - a 4-3 loss at Anaheim on Friday night.

"I don't think I could even dream like that," Kopitar said of tallying five points in his first two games. "I feel real confident on the ice right now."

Mathieu Garon stopped 35 shots to help the Kings improve to 8-0-4 in their last 12 home openers.

Lubomir Visnovsky, Michael Cammalleri and Brent Sopel also scored for the Kings, whose last loss in a home opener was a 5-2 defeat to Vancouver on October 6, 1993.

The loss was the Blues' franchise-record 11th straight on the road. St. Louis lost nine straight road games to end last season and opened with a 5-4 overtime setback at San Jose on Thursday night.

"We had 21 penalties in the first two games, that's not going to make things easy," Blues center Doug Weight said. "Both games were in our grasp, but we're repeatedly going back to the penalty box."

Taking a pass from Rob Blake along the left side wall during a Kings second-period power play, Kopitar swiftly moved the puck to Frolov in the corner. Visnovsky stepped into a centering pass from Frolov and one-time a slap shot past Blues goalie Manny Legace for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for the Kings.

St. Louis tied the game 79 seconds later as Martin Rucinsky beat Garon with a 50-foot slap shot from the left point on the power play.

Los Angeles responded 3:04 later. As Kopitar crashed the net and toppled over Legace, Frolov swiped in a lose rebound, putting the Kings ahead for good.

"The came out strong and they played very well," Legace said. "We had a poor first period and then we came out and had a great second period. Then they took the wind out of our sails and it was over from there."

Cammalleri scored 13 seconds into the third period, and Kopitar assisted on Sopel's goal with 4:18 to play.

"I can pretty much some it up by saying the kid can play, he's got game," Cammalleri said of his rookie teammate. "He does a lot of things very well. He's done it consistently in the exhibition season and in the first two games."

Notes: Blues D Barret Jackman left the game with a sore left knee and did not return. ... D Oleg Tverdovsky made his debut for the Kings after he was a healthy scratch in Friday's game.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
11:48
LAK
PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (2) ASST: Alex Frolov (1), Anze Kopitar (1)
1 - 0 LAK
13:07
STL
PPG - Martin Rucinsky (1) ASST: Dennis Wideman (1), Petr Cajanek (1)
1 - 1 Tie
16:11
LAK
Alex Frolov (1) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (1), Anze Kopitar (2)
2 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
00:14
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (1) ASST: Derek Armstrong (1)
3 - 1 LAK
15:24
LAK
Brent Sopel (1) ASST: Anze Kopitar (3), Sean Avery (2)
4 - 1 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
00:23
STL
Eric Brewer  Holding
03:33
LAK
Jeff Cowan  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
03:33
STL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Jeff Cowan
03:54
STL
Jamal Mayers  Tripping against  Oleg Tverdovsky
09:17
STL
Jamie Rivers  Holding against  Anze Kopitar
15:42
LAK
Mattias Norstrom  Interference against  Keith Tkachuk
19:33
LAK
Rob Blake  Holding against  Keith Tkachuk
2nd Period
01:17
LAK
Sean Avery  Hooking against  Eric Brewer
07:03
STL
Dallas Drake  Tripping against  Anze Kopitar
11:28
STL
DJ King  Hooking against  Mike Cammalleri
12:36
LAK
Brian Willsie  Interference
13:42
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Holding against  Bryce Salvador
16:52
STL
Jamal Mayers  Interference against  Dustin Brown
17:50
STL
Dennis Wideman  Interference against  Dustin Brown
3rd Period
01:40
STL
Martin Rucinsky  Hooking against  Patrick O'Sullivan
06:52
STL
Martin Rucinsky  Hooking against  Alex Frolov
07:45
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Cross checking against  Dan Hinote
07:45
STL
Dan Hinote  Diving against  Mike Cammalleri
07:53
STL
Doug Weight  Interference against  Kevin Dallman
08:59
LAK
Dustin Brown  Tripping against  Jamie Rivers
11:54
LAK
Brian Willsie  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
19:21
LAK
Brian Willsie  Hooking
19:37
LAK
Sean Avery  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dan Hinote
19:37
STL
Dallas Drake  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Sean Avery
19:37
STL
Dan Hinote  Slashing against  Sean Avery
19:41
LAK
Scott Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
19:41
STL
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Thornton
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 30TOI: 59:55
Saves: 26EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 36TOI: 59:58
Saves: 35EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .972SH: 1 - 1

 
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