NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Los Angeles
(Saturday, January 9th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - B.J. Crombeen scored the eventual game- winner early in the third period, and interim Blues head coach Davis Payne picked up his first career win in St. Louis' 4-3 triumph over Los Angeles.
Payne took over for the fired Andy Murray last week and was 0-2-1 in three games at the helm. Goals by Brad Winchester, David Perron and T.J. Oshie, along with Chris Mason's 21 saves, helped the Blues snap a season-high seven- game losing streak.
Brandon Segal, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each scored for the Kings, who have dropped two straight. Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 23 shots and was pulled in the third period for Erik Ersberg, who made nine saves the rest of the way.
"I would have liked to see him have a couple stops. There was a couple there that maybe I would like to have him try over again," Kings head coach Terry Murray said of Quick.
Oshie's goal came 1:34 into the third period, and Crombeen roofed a wrist shot on an odd-man rush just 3:46 later for a seemingly comfortable 4-1 St. Louis cushion.
Brown, though, tallied his 10th goal of the year with 7:41 remaining, and Kopitar scored on the power play with 3:52 left for a one-goal game.
The Kings pulled Ersberg in the final minute but failed to net the equalizer.
"We really need to build on this win and get back in the playoff race," Perron said. "We need to put up some big wins. We've had trouble holding leads in the third period all year. It takes wins like this to get some momentum and confidence."
St. Louis scored just 14 seconds into the game, as Carlo Colaiacovo's weak wrister from the left point was redirected into the net by Winchester.
Segal's first career goal -- a slap shot in transition -- tied the contest at the 6:09 mark of the middle stanza, but Perron's tally from the left circle put the Blues back on top with 1:06 to go until the final frame.
St. Louis avoided its first eight-game skid since an 0-9-2 run from November 25-December 17, 2006...LA's Randy Jones returned to the lineup after an eight- game absence due to injury...Jay McClement and Brad Boyes each had two assists for the Blues, as did LA's Rob Scuderi, Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll... Crombeen's tally was his first since the season opener on October 2.
01/10 01:56:57 ET