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Brown's hat trick helps Kings throttle Blues

Dec 12, 2008 - 7:25 AM
By John Reger PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues own one of the top power-play units in the NHL, but it was the Los Angeles Kings that took advantage of the penalties on Thursday.

Captain Dustin Brown scored twice on the power play en route to his first career hat trick as the Kings posted a 6-2 victory over the Blues.

Anze Kopitar netted a pair of tallies and set up another and Alexander Frolov also scored for Los Angeles, which scored its first three goals with the man advantage.

"The special teams, power play and penalty-killing, were both very good, and I liked our play along the boards," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "We played heavy, we played strong on our sticks and we competed, and that was right through the lineup."

Jarret Stoll collected three assists, defenseman Kyle Quincey and Patrick O'Sullivan recorded two apiece and Erik Ersberg made 26 saves to earn the victory.

Cam Paddock and blue-liner Carlo Colaiacovo tallied for the Blues, who entered the game with the third-best power play in the NHL and immediately had a chance to capitalize on that success as the Kings committed three penalties in the first period.

"We were in a little bit of a predicament early on with the penalties, but our special teams were a huge part of the game," Brown said. "Our penalty kills came up huge in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Blues might have scored two or three goals during those power plays in a different game, but we shut them down and came back during our power plays."

St. Louis registered a total of just five shots in the session and ended the game 0-for-4 with the extra skater.

"We are just out of sync in all areas," Blues veteran Keith Tkachuk said. "Not only on the power play, but penalty-killings, 5-on-5. We just have to find a solution pretty quickly."

Los Angeles scored on its first power play with 9:42 left in the first, when Frolov deflected a slap shot by Quincey past goaltender Chris Mason.

"Coach was just saying, 'Get the puck up there towards the net,'" Quincey said. "We have such great players down low that if I get the puck there, they can put it in the net."

Mason started in place of Manny Legace, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day with a concussion suffered when he was kneed in the head by Anaheim's Ryan Carter in the first period of Wednesday's loss to the Ducks.

The Kings doubled the advantage 7:32 into the second period after B.J. Crombeen was whistled for interference and Dan Hinote was sent to the penalty box for tripping. Brown, who was standing near the left goalpost, deflected a slap shot from the point by Quincey past Mason during the 5-on-3 for his ninth goal of the season.

"Brownie scored goals from being around the net," Murray said. "On the power play, the shot by Quincey is a redirect. It's where he's supposed to be. He's in the right place, and good things happen."

With Hinote - who returned to the lineup after missing 13 games with a lower body injury - still serving his penalty, Brown scored again 72 seconds later, when he wristed a shot between Mason's pads from the right faceoff dot.

"I felt like I was in a slump," Brown said. "I was getting chances, but the puck wasn't going in. I just wanted to keep it simple and put pucks toward the net. We need more of that. We need to throw more pucks at the net."

Los Angeles pushed the lead to 4-0 with 9:25 remaining in the session when Kopitar received a backhand pass from O'Sullivan on the doorstep and slid the puck into the open net.

The Blues finally got on the scoreboard with 6:37 left in the middle session, when Paddock tipped a slap shot by defenseman Roman Polak past Ersberg. The play was reviewed by replay officials as it was believed Paddock hit the puck with a high stick, but the goal was upheld.

After making 20 saves, Mason was pulled by coach Andy Murray after two periods and replaced by Ben Bishop, who was recalled from the minors to replace Legace on the roster. The 6-7 Bishop is the tallest goaltender to dress for an NHL game.

"Chris was battling hard and not getting a lot of help," Andy Murray said. "He'll be in net on Saturday, so it gave him a chance to get a 20-minute rest."

Colaiacovo halved the deficit 8:19 in the third period, but Brown increased the Kings' bulge to 5-2 when he tipped a wrister by Stoll past Bishop 4:26 later.

Kopitar closed the scoring with 6:38 to play. After firing a shot from the left circle that was stopped by Bishop, who finished with six saves, the Slovenian continued to drive to the net and pushed the rebound past the netminder for his ninth of the season.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 1 1 2
    LOS ANGELES 1 3 2 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 12 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
    10:18
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) DUSTIN BROWN 9 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL) 7:32
    LOS - (PP) DUSTIN BROWN 10 (ANZE KOPITAR, DREW DOUGHTY) 8:44
    LOS - ANZE KOPITAR 8

    Dec 12 1:09 AM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 2
    LOS ANGELES 6
    3RD PRD: LOS - ANZE KOPITAR 9 (PATRICK O'SULLIVAN) 13:22

    Blues 2, Kings 6  3rd - 6:38Dec 12 12:59 AM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 2
    LOS ANGELES 5
    3RD PRD: LOS - DUSTIN BROWN 11 (JARRET STOLL, KYLE CALDER) 12:45

    Blues 2, Kings 5  3rd - 7:15Dec 12 12:58 AM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 2
    LOS ANGELES 4
    3RD PRD: STL - CARLO COLAIACOVO 1 (DAVID PERRON, KEITH TKACHUK) 8:19

    Blues 2, Kings 4  3rd - 11:41Dec 12 12:46 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 1 1
    LOS ANGELES 1 3 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 12 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
    10:18
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) DUSTIN BROWN 9 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL) 7:32
    LOS - (PP) DUSTIN BROWN 10 (ANZE KOPITAR, DREW DOUGHTY) 8:44
    LOS - A

    Dec 12 12:13 AM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 1
    LOS ANGELES 4
    2ND PRD: STL - CAM PADDOCK 2 (ROMAN POLAK) 13:23

    Blues 1, Kings 4  2nd - 6:37Dec 12 12:04 AM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 0
    LOS ANGELES 4
    2ND PRD: LOS - ANZE KOPITAR 8 (PATRICK O'SULLIVAN, TEDDY PURCELL)
    10:35

    Blues 0, Kings 4  2nd - 9:25Dec 11 11:58 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 0
    LOS ANGELES 3
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) DUSTIN BROWN 10 (ANZE KOPITAR, DREW DOUGHTY) 8:44

    Blues 0, Kings 3  2nd - 11:16Dec 11 11:50 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 0
    LOS ANGELES 2
    2ND PRD: LOS - (PP) DUSTIN BROWN 9 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL) 7:32

    Blues 0, Kings 2  2nd - 12:28Dec 11 11:48 PM
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    Blues 0, Kings 1  End of 1stDec 11 11:19 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 0
    LOS ANGELES 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 12 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
    10:18
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    STL 5 5
    LOS 13 13
    GOALIES: STL - CHRIS

    Dec 11 11:15 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 0
    LOS ANGELES 1
    1ST PRD: LOS - (PP) ALEXANDER FROLOV 12 (KYLE QUINCEY, JARRET STOLL)
    10:18

    Blues 0, Kings 1  1st - 9:42Dec 11 10:57 PM