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Drake's two goals lead Blues past Kings

Jan 19, 2007 - 7:42 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues turned to their captain for another road victory.

Dallas Drake scored twice and All-Star Bill Guerin also tallied as the Blues continued their recent success away from home with a 3-1 triumph over the struggling Los Angeles Kings.

With the win, the Blues improved to 6-1-3 in their last 10 road games. St. Louis also raised its record to 11-2-4 in its last 17 overall and is 11-4-4 under former Los Angeles coach Andy Murray, who replaced the fired Mike Kitchen on December 11.

"We're getting great goaltending. That's always the key to playing well on the road," Murray said. "It was gratifying to come back (to Los Angeles) and see a lot of old friends. But it was different to come back and turn left instead of right going to the locker room."

"Even guys like me need a confidence boost from time to time," Blues veteran Doug Weight said. "Andy puts it to us in the locker room in front of the younger guys, so we really have to step up. A lot of our recent success is the confidence the team has when we step on the ice, and that has a lot to do with the coach and his staff."

Entering with just three goals in 26 games this season, Drake opened the scoring with 7:44 left in the first period. The 37-year-old completed his first multi-goal performance of the campaign just over 2 1/2 minutes later, giving him four tallies in his last five contests.

It was the eighth two-goal game of Drake's career and first since December 2, 2003 - also against Los Angeles.

After the Kings halved the deficit early in the second, Guerin restored the Blues' two-goal bulge with 10 1/2 minutes remaining in the session with his team-leading 19th of the season.

"We've had great play from a lot of guys," Guerin said of St. Louis' play of late. "As veterans, we try to keep it loose to the point where we have to get focused to prepare for games. We know what's on the line here. Everybody on the team has picked up his game here the last month and a half."

Jay McClement and rookie David Backes each had two assists and Manny Legace made 34 saves for St. Louis, which was outshot (35-28) for the fifth straight game.

"They take a lot of shots, but our defense was great at clearing the slot so I could see most of them, especially on the penalty kill," Legace said.

Tough guy Raitis Ivanans tallied for the Kings, who have lost six in a row.

"I thought we played great," Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. "Our guys played with lots of spirit and spunk. Tonight, we were much more deserving of a better result, but we just have to stick with it."

"We've found ways to lose games and not win them," Kings center Michael Cammalleri said. "There are probably a lot of different reasons why that happened. We have to work on good habits, but to be honest, I think we did that and still didn't win the game. We just have to trust that it will turn around."

Drake gave the Blues a 1-0 lead when McClement's weak backhander from the slot deflected off the captain's skate and past goaltender Barry Brust. Just 2:32 later, Backes unleashed a shot from the left faceoff circle that caromed off Drake's skate in front for a two-goal cushion.

Ivanans halved the deficit at 3:04 of the second, tipping in a pass from Brian Willsie while on the doorstep for his first goal in 33 games.

"There was nothing I could do," Legace said. "Ivanans slashed through the slot and beat me."

However, St. Louis answered at 9:30 as Martin Rucinsky's pass from behind the net deflected off the stick of Los Angeles captain Mattias Norstrom to Guerin, who beat netminder Yutaka Fukufuji from the slot for a 3-1 advantage.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 2 1 0 3
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DALLAS DRAKE 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 12:16
    STL - DALLAS DRAKE 5 (DAVID BACKES, JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:48
    2ND PRD: LOS - RAITIS IVANANS 2 (BRIAN WILLSIE) 3:04
    STL - BILL GUERIN 19 (MARTIN RUCINSKY, DOUG WEIGHT

    Jan 19 1:03 AM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 2 1 3
    LOS ANGELES 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DALLAS DRAKE 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 12:16
    STL - DALLAS DRAKE 5 (DAVID BACKES, JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:48
    2ND PRD: LOS - RAITIS IVANANS 2 (BRIAN WILLSIE) 3:04
    STL - BILL GUERIN 19 (MARTIN RUCINSKY

    Jan 19 12:10 AM


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    ST LOUIS 3
    LOS ANGELES 1
    2ND PRD: STL - BILL GUERIN 19 (MARTIN RUCINSKY, DOUG WEIGHT) 9:30

    Blues vs. KingsJan 18 11:52 PM


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    ST LOUIS 2
    LOS ANGELES 1 16:00 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Blues vs. KingsJan 18 11:41 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 2 2
    LOS ANGELES 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DALLAS DRAKE 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 12:16
    STL - DALLAS DRAKE 5 (DAVID BACKES, JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:48
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    STL 10 10


    Jan 18 11:16 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 2
    LOS ANGELES 0
    1ST PRD: STL - DALLAS DRAKE 5 (DAVID BACKES, JAY MCCLEMENT) 14:48

    Blues vs. KingsJan 18 11:09 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 1
    LOS ANGELES 0
    1ST PRD: STL - DALLAS DRAKE 4 (JAY MCCLEMENT, DAVID BACKES) 12:16

    Blues vs. KingsJan 18 11:02 PM