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33-36-13
Los Angeles
Kings
32-43-7

33 SOG
28 SOG
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game recap

Kings 5, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 5, Blues 1
St. Louis Blues 1, Los Angeles Kings 5
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Alexander Frolov, Patrick O'Sullivan and Michael Cammalleri had their way with the St. Louis Blues and turned a tight game into a laugher.

Frolov scored three goals, O'Sullivan had a goal and four assists and Cammalleri three assists, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory on Thursday night. The five points by O'Sullivan were a career high and tied Frolov and Ladislav Nagy for the most by a Kings player this season.

"We played great as a line tonight," Frolov said. "Cammy and Sully are very good players, and when they hold onto the puck and move their feet and make some plays in the offensive zone, things happen for us."

POST GAME NOTES
Patrick O’Sullivan had a career high five points (1-4=5). His four assists were also a career high. O’Sullivan now has 11 points (3-8-11) in the last nine games.

Michael Cammalleri tied a career high with three assists (last coming Feb. 24, 2007 vs. Colorado).

Anze Kopitar recorded two points (1-1=2). He and Dustin Brown are tied for the team lead with 26 goals apiece. The Kings are now 14-6-3 when Kopitar scores.

Alexander Frolov recorded his third career hat trick (last coming Jan. 12, 2006 at Boston). He now has 15 points (7-8=15) in the last nine games.

Kopitar and Frolov are tied for the team lead with 14 multi-point games apiece.

Dan Cloutier stopped 32 of 33 shots en route to his second win since being recalled from Manchester (AHL). Cloutier is now 2-0-0 in three starts (he left his second start, Feb. 16 at Phoenix with the flu) and has stopped 81-of-87 shots for a .931 SV% and a 1.95 GAA.
POST GAME QUOTES

Marc Crawford: 700K

Patrick O'Sullivan: 700K

Dan Cloutier: 700K

 Kings Talk Replay (Feb. 21)  

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The Kings will host the Chicago Blackhawks at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Anze Kopitar broke open a scoreless tie in the second period with a power-play goal, triggering a four-goal barrage that chased former Kings goaltender Manny Legace.

Dan Cloutier made 32 saves in his third start of the season for the Kings while Jason LaBarbera sat out with a groin injury. Cloutier stopped 30 shots before Martin Rucinsky scored on a power play with 4:02 remaining to spoil his bid for his first shutout since March 24, 2004 with Vancouver.

"Shutouts are nice to get, but I wasn't really disappointed," Cloutier said. "They're a hungry team and their power play has been playing a lot better the last couple of games after struggling."

Cloutier missed the final 44 games of last season with a hip injury that required surgery, and began this season with Manchester of the AHL before he was recalled on Feb. 7.

"Obviously I was disappointed, because no athlete likes to go down to that level. But I realized that it was the best thing for me," Cloutier said. "They told me I was going to play every game down there, good or bad, and just build myself back to where I was.

"Then, all of a sudden, I wasn't playing down there. I wasn't even traveling with the team sometimes, so I thought these guys had no plans for me. And when you're 31 years old in the minors and not traveling, it kind of sends you a message. But I just told myself to stay positive and work hard, because you never know what could happen. The next thing you know, I get called up."

Legace, making his 18th consecutive start after consecutive 5-1 wins over Columbus and Chicago, had allowed no more than two goals in any of his previous six games. He came in 10-1 lifetime against the Kings with one tie and a 2.57 goals-against average.

The Kings scored their first two goals on rebounds. Teammate Andy McDonald was serving a holding penalty when Kopitar connected at 6:43 of the second for his 26th goal, tying Dustin Brown for the team lead.

Frolov made it 2-0 at 8:19, stuffing the puck past Legace's glove after Michael Cammalleri's backhanded centering pass grazed defenseman Erik Johnson's stick and was kicked away by the Blues goalie. Frolov scored again about 2 1/2 minutes later on a short backhander from a sharp angle to the left of the net.

Blues coach Andy Murray called a timeout, but it didn't show down the Kings' momentum. O'Sullivan capped the four-goal blitz at 13:23 of the period, playing a carom off the end boards and scoring his 14th goal while Brad Boyes was off for goalie interference.

"We know they've got a great power play and that they've got very skilled offensive players," Murray said. "They've been one of the better teams in the league since January, so we're not surprised. We just expected to be better ourselves. We dominated the first period and didn't bury on our chances, so that was frustrating."

Murray replaced Legace with Chris Beckford-Tseu after O'Sullivan scored on the Kings' 19th shot on net. But Frolov completed his third career hat trick with 16:29 remaining.

Notes: Los Angeles C Derek Armstrong left the game with a knee injury after his second shift. ... Erik Ersberg joined the Kings on an emergency recall from Manchester due to LaBarbera's injury, and served as Cloutier's backup. ... The Blues play down the freeway in Anaheim on Friday night, which will give Paul Kariya a chance to personally congratulate ex-linemate Teemu Selanne for breaking Kariya's record for most career points in Ducks history last Sunday. ... Legace, who began his NHL career with the Kings in 1998-99, won a Stanley Cup with Detroit as their backup in 2002.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:43
LAK
PPG - Anze Kopitar (26) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (20), Lubomir Visnovsky (25)
1 - 0 LAK
08:19
LAK
Alex Frolov (17) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (19), Patrick O'Sullivan (21)
2 - 0 LAK
10:55
LAK
Alex Frolov (18) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (22), Mike Cammalleri (20)
3 - 0 LAK
13:23
LAK
PPG - Patrick O'Sullivan (15) ASST: Brad Stuart (16), Anze Kopitar (31)
4 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
03:31
LAK
Alex Frolov (19) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (21), Patrick O'Sullivan (23)
5 - 0 LAK
15:58
STL
PPG - Martin Rucinsky (5) ASST: Lee Stempniak (22), Erik Johnson (20)
5 - 1 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:29
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Holding against  Erik Johnson
06:32
STL
Andy McDonald  Holding against  Anze Kopitar
11:50
STL
Brad Boyes  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dan Cloutier
3rd Period
03:54
LAK
Scott Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Bryce Salvador
03:54
STL
Bryce Salvador  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Thornton
08:25
LAK
Michal Handzus  Hooking against  David Backes
11:31
STL
Jamal Mayers  Holding against  Mike Cammalleri
15:19
LAK
Michal Handzus  Tripping against  Martin Rucinsky
goalie stats
Emmanuel Legace
SA: 19TOI: 33:23
Saves: 15EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .789SH: 2 - 2
Chris Beckford-Tseu
Chris Beckford-Tseu
SA: 9TOI: 26:37
Saves: 8EV: 5 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Dan Cloutier
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 30 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .970SH: 0 - 0