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game recap

Blues 6, Kings 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Los Angeles Kings 5, St. Louis Blues 6

Los Angeles Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji became the first Japanese-born person to play in the NHL.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Though it was a crowd-pleaser, St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray would like his next win to come with a little less excitement.

A rare near-capacity crowd saw the Blues come out on top in a seesaw battle for a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The 17,868 fans also saw Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji of Japan make his NHL debut and ate for free for most of the contest.

"If it was 2-0 it would have been just as entertaining to me," Murray said. "It had to be fun. It was a lot of downs. I would rather it wasn't quite that exciting."

The score was tied four times with the Blues coming back from one-goal deficits with each of their first three goals. Only once did two goals separate the teams, when Denis Wideman's power-play score against Fukufuji midway through the third period gave the Blues a 6-4 lead.

Fukufuji, the first Japanese player to play in the NHL, entered to start the third in relief of Barry Brust. He faced five shots, but allowed Wideman's goal 7:32 into the period.

Brust allowed five goals in the first two periods.

The 24-year-old Fukufuji was recalled Friday on an emergency basis after Mathieu Garon was placed on injured reserve with an injured finger. Fukufuji became the first Japanese player to dress for an NHL game Dec. 16 against Dallas in another emergency stint.

"I was so nervous," he said. "But I was very excited, too."

Wideman also assisted on a second-period goal by Keith Tkachuk and on Martin Rucinsky's score in the first - both on the power play.

St. Louis scored three times out of eight power-play chances. The Kings converted once in four tries as the teams combined for 28 penalty minutes, including 12 in the final period.

The Blues took the lead for good on Doug Weight's goal late in the second period. His fifth of the season gave the Blues a 5-4 advantage. He also assisted on Rucinsky's goal that tied the game at 1-1 and helped set up Wideman's game-winning goal.

"Yeah it was physical," Weight said. "It's a big win for us and winning this physical game feels good."

The Blues have earned 21 points in their past 14 games.

Rob Blake got the Kings back in the game after he scored a power-play goal with 5:12 left to make it 6-5. It was his second goal of the game. He gave Los Angeles a brief 3-2 lead when he scored 97 seconds into the second period.

"I thought we played a heck of a game," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We had 90 percent of our players who played their hearts out tonight. We were deserving of more than we got."

If the game did not provide enough entertainment for the fans, they at least could get their fill of food. The Blues gave away food until the start of the third period. Fans could choose a hot dog or chicken fingers, snacks such as popcorn, peanuts or potato chips, and a soft drink. Each time they went for food, they could get four main dishes, four snacks and four soft drinks.

"It's not a gimmick," Blues President John Davidson said. "It's giving something to the fans to come. It's a way to get people who can't afford it to come. And it's a way for other people to enjoy the product. It's a win-win for everybody."

Notes: Ten different players scored in the game, with only Blake getting multiple goals. ... D Christian Backman returned to the Blues' lineup after sitting out seven games. He injured his right knee Dec. 26 at Nashville. ... It was Murray's second game against the Kings, who fired him last spring, since taking over the Blues. St. Louis won 5-2 on Dec. 21 in the first meeting. ... Saturday's game interrupted a string of seven road games for St. Louis, which went 2-1 in the first three games and plays at Phoenix, Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose in a six-day span starting Monday.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:31
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (17) ASST: Derek Armstrong (22), Brent Sopel (13)
1 - 0 LAK
08:24
STL
PPG - Martin Rucinsky (11) ASST: Dennis Wideman (11), Doug Weight (23)
1 - 1 Tie
14:29
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos (5) ASST: Raitis Ivanans (3), Craig Conroy (11)
2 - 1 LAK
18:52
STL
Jay McClement (4) ASST: Dan Hinote (5), Barret Jackman (8)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
01:37
LAK
Rob Blake (9) ASST: Konstantin Pushkarev (2), Anze Kopitar (28)
3 - 2 LAK
04:01
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (14) ASST: Dennis Wideman (12), Bill Guerin (14)
3 - 3 Tie
10:05
STL
Lee Stempniak (14) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (18)
4 - 3 STL
16:36
LAK
Mattias Norstrom (2) ASST: Anze Kopitar (29)
4 - 4 Tie
18:25
STL
Doug Weight (5) ASST: Bill Guerin (15)
5 - 4 STL
3rd Period
07:32
STL
PPG - Dennis Wideman (4) ASST: Doug Weight (24), Lee Stempniak (14)
6 - 4 STL
14:48
LAK
PPG - Rob Blake (10) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (22), Lubomir Visnovsky (24)
6 - 5 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:33
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Holding against  Keith Tkachuk
07:42
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Interference against  Doug Weight
11:46
STL
David Backes  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
02:10
LAK
Craig Conroy  Interference against  Dallas Drake
02:57
LAK
Brian Willsie  Tripping against  Lee Stempniak
04:21
STL
Martin Rucinsky  Interference
12:28
LAK
Craig Conroy  Tripping against  Keith Tkachuk
19:48
STL
Jay McClement  Slashing against  Sean Avery
3rd Period
03:33
LAK
Alex Frolov  Hooking
06:58
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
13:58
STL
Dennis Wideman  Roughing
14:48
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Roughing against  Eric Brewer
14:48
STL
Eric Brewer  Roughing against  Mike Cammalleri
16:23
LAK
Rob Blake  Hooking
goalie stats
Barry Brust
SA: 20TOI: 40:00
Saves: 15EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Yutaka Fukufuji
SA: 5TOI: 19:17
Saves: 4EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1
Emmanuel Legace
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .844SH: 2 - 2