Los Angeles
Kings
46-30-6
St. Louis
Blues
38-33-11

29 SOG
31 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
LAK
STL
game recap

Blues 6, Kings 4

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:35 AM

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missing six key players, including defenseman Erik Johnson, the St. Louis Blues never wavered.

Alex Steen scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:53 left and the injury-riddled Blues beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-4 on Thursday night.

Steen scored for the fourth time in five games to send the Blues to their fourth successive win over the Kings. David Backes sealed it with a power-play goal into an empty net with 59 seconds to go.

Steen, who has seven points in the last five games, realized the need to step up with several teammates out.

"We're not walking around feeling sorry for ourselves," Steen said. "I think you look around the room, there is not one player who didn't play a good game tonight."

Johnson is day-to-day with a right knee sprain. He was hurt in Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Detroit. Alex Pietrangelo, Andy McDonald, T.J. Oshie, David Perron and Roman Polak also are sidelined with various injuries.

"We just dig in," said Blues defenseman Eric Brewer, who gave his team a 4-2 lead in the second period with his fourth goal of the season. "Everyone is committed to this work ethic."

St. Louis, which had lost seven of nine overall, is 10-2-2 at home. The Kings lost for the second time in six games.

Ty Conklin made 25 saves and improved to 6-1 in his career against Los Angeles.

Steen took a drop pass from Jay McClement and whistled a shot past Jonathan Quick for his fourth game-winning goal this season. Quick stopped a career-high 51 shots in previous outing, a 5-0 win over Detroit on Monday.

"A good shot beats a good goaltender," St. Louis coach Davis Payne said.

The Kings outshot St. Louis 12-7 in the third period and had several chances to break the tie. Conklin made two big saves in the middle of the period including a stop of Anze Kopitar, who scored Los Angeles' second goal.

"We had some good things happen in that third period," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "We had four or five good shifts but just didn't finish."

Kopitar said a defensive mistake led to Steen's winning goal.

"You've got to play consistent for 60 minutes," Kopitar said. "You can't have defensive breakdowns like that in the third period."

The Blues rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead on successive goals by Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Winchester and Brewer in the second period.

Sobotka had a goal and two assists for his second three-point game of the season.

"We need to keep working hard like we did tonight," he said.

Los Angeles wingers Wayne Simmonds and Dustin Brown scored in a span of 1:27 late in the second period to tie it 4-all.

Kopitar scored his 14th of the season to give the Kings a 2-1 edge early in the second. Kopitar, who has six goals and four assists in the last six games, converted on a 5-on-3 advantage.

Ryan Smyth put Los Angeles ahead in the first period, but McClement answered for the Blues.

NOTES: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made his eighth successive start. ... LW Marco Sturm, acquired from Boston for future considerations, practiced with the Kings for the first time Wednesday. He will likely make his Los Angles debut next week. ... Los Angeles defenseman Willie Mitchell sustained a lower-body injury early in the second period and did not return. ... The Blues killed off 16 consecutive penalties before Smyth's power-play goal in the first period. ... St. Louis had its 14th successive sellout this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
16:59
LAK
PPG - Ryan Smyth (9) Deflected shot - ASST: Jack Johnson (16), Dustin Brown (12)
1 - 0 LAK
18:45
STL
Jay McClement (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Brad Winchester (2), B.J. Crombeen (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:00
LAK
PPG - Anze Kopitar (14) Slapshot - ASST: Drew Doughty (10), Jack Johnson (17)
2 - 1 LAK
05:07
STL
Vladimir Sobotka (3) Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes (16), Carlo Colaiacovo (8)
2 - 2 Tie
09:46
STL
PPG - Brad Winchester (4) Deflected shot - ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (9), Vladimir Sobotka (7)
3 - 2 STL
15:07
STL
Eric Brewer (5) Slapshot - ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (8), David Backes (17)
4 - 2 STL
15:53
LAK
Wayne Simmonds (6) Snap shot - ASST: Kyle Clifford (3), Michal Handzus (5)
4 - 3 STL
17:20
LAK
Dustin Brown (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Rob Scuderi (7), Anze Kopitar (17)
4 - 4 Tie
3rd Period
17:07
STL
Alexander Steen (9) Slapshot - ASST: Jay McClement (2), B.J. Crombeen (4)
5 - 4 STL
19:01
STL
PPG - EN - David Backes (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (9), Carlo Colaiacovo (10)
6 - 4 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:40
LAK
Justin Williams  Too many men/ice - bench
14:58
STL
Dave Scatchard  Hooking against  Jarret Stoll
16:00
STL
Nikita Nikitin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:35
LAK
Justin Williams  Roughing against  Alexander Steen
2nd Period
00:38
STL
Vladimir Sobotka  Hi-sticking against  Drew Doughty
01:12
STL
Ian Cole  Interference against  Dustin Brown
08:52
LAK
Jack Johnson  Interference against  Brad Boyes
10:02
LAK
Kyle Clifford  Fighting (maj) against  Tyson Strachan
10:02
STL
Tyson Strachan  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Clifford
10:23
STL
Matt D'Agostini  Tripping against  Justin Williams
3rd Period
03:41
STL
Brad Boyes  Slashing against  Kyle Clifford
17:48
LAK
Kyle Clifford  Roughing against  David Backes
19:51
LAK
Jack Johnson  Slashing against  Alexander Steen
19:51
LAK
Jack Johnson  Misconduct (10 min)
19:51
LAK
Justin Williams  Roughing against  Tyson Strachan
19:51
LAK
Justin Williams  Misconduct (10 min)
19:51
STL
Tyson Strachan  Roughing against  Justin Williams
19:51
STL
Tyson Strachan  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
15-6-1
SA: 30TOI: 59:43
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Ty Conklin
SA: 29TOI: 59:47
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .862SH: 2 - 2

 
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