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Los Angeles at St. Louis

Richards' late goal helps give Kings season sweep of Blues

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ST. LOUIS -- The Los Angeles Kings still have the St. Louis Blues' number.

After beating the Blues in four straight in the Western Conference semifinals last spring, the Kings completed their second sweep of a season series against St. Louis with a 4-2 victory Thursday night.

Los Angeles, which has beaten the Blues eight consecutive times including the playoffs, first accomplished the season series sweep in 2005-06.

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"Playing last year in the playoffs, there seems to be a rivalry brewing," said the Kings' Justin Williams, who sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with 1:16 left. "They haven't gotten the results they have wanted against us so far, so I'm sure it's frustrating for them. But at the same time, we played a great road game."

Mike Richards scored the go-ahead goal with 2:43 to play and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.

Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings. Jarret Stoll assisted on Lewis' goal, giving him 100 with Los Angeles.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored both goals and Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves for the Blues, who have lost four of their last five.

"It's not good, because the team loses," Tarasenko said. "It doesn't matter how many goals you score and how many plays you make. It's all about the win."

Richards gave the Kings the victory when he capitalized after Halak gave up a rebound on a soft shot. The puck went to the right side of the net, but came back in front and Richards eventually jammed it in for his 10th goal.

"I'm not even sure what happened," Richards said. "Somehow, the puck kept coming back to me. I got lucky there and jammed it in."

The goal was the type the Kings have been scoring of late.

"Before we were trying to make too many pretty plays," Richards said. "When you do that, you don't score as many goals if you just keep it simple and throw it to the net."

Williams closed the door with his goal. He then got blasted by David Backes, which touched off a scrum. That didn't surprise Kings forward Anze Kopitar.

"Every time we've played them, it's a physical game," Kopitar said. "That's the third time we beat them, and I don't know how many times in a row now.

"It is what it is. Of course, they're a little frustrated. That's what happens sometimes at the end of the game."

Tarasenko tied it for the second time when he shoved home a puck that had drifted through Quick at 6:44 of the third period to make it 2-2. The Blues' rookie had also knotted the score at 1 when he put his own rebound past Quick at 10:55 of the second period.

Lewis made it 2-1 at 12:49 of the second when he corralled a bouncing pass from Stoll to the right of the Blues' goal and sneaked a backhander past Halak.

Notes

  • Blues G Brian Elliott, who is 3-6-1 with a 3.56 goals against average and has not played since March 5, agreed to go to Peoria of the AHL for conditioning. Elliott led the NHL in goals against average last season (1.56) and helped the team win the Jennings Trophy.
  • Kopitar had an assist, giving him 22 points in his past 19 games.
  • Tarasenko's first goal snapped an 0-for-12 streak on the power play for St. Louis.
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Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick denies St. Louis left wing Andy McDonald during the second period.  (USATSI)
Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick denies St. Louis left wing Andy McDonald during the second period. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Los Angeles  (19-12-2) «0224
St. Louis (17-14-2)0112
Three Stars
D. Brown
LA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
V. Tarasenko
STL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Quick
LA


Saves: 20
Save Pct.: .909
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
04:42 - Dustin Brown (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Kopitar, Scuderi
10:55Power Play - Vladimir Tarasenko (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Perron, Sobotka
12:49 - Trevor Lewis (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Stoll, King
3RD PERIOD
06:44 - Vladimir Tarasenko (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk
17:17 - Mike Richards (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Carter, Toffoli
18:44 - Justin Williams (5), Empty Net. Assist: Brown, Voynov
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:15Lewis, 2 min, Roughing
12:06Jackman, 2 min, Slashing
19:25Backes, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
06:16Perron, 2 min, Tripping
09:57Brown, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
12:21Clifford, 2 min, Slashing
18:44Backes, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
LA13141340
STL78722
 
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