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LA Kings erase 3-goal deficit, move past Blues 6-4

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Jake Muzzin #6 and Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center on December 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) By Harry How LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Jake Muzzin #6 and Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center on December 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) By Harry How
By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anze Kopitar had a career-high five points, Jake Muzzin scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 11:02 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied from an early three-goal deficit for a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist, while Jeff Carter had a goal and three assists as the defending Stanley Cup champions avenged a loss in St. Louis on Tuesday with just their second win in seven games.

Kopitar had a goal and four assists, contributing on each of the Kings' first five goals. Dwight King then scored from the red line with 7:54 left on a bizarre bounce over Martin Brodeur, capping a rough third start for St. Louis by the NHL's career victories leader.

David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a 2:48 span of the first period for the Blues, whose five-game winning streak ended.

Jori Lehtera also scored for St. Louis, which hadn't allowed more than four goals in a game this season. The Blues had scored eight consecutive goals over two games against Los Angeles before the Kings' comeback.

After Carter tied it with his first goal in 14 games, Muzzin put the Kings ahead with a wicked wrist shot just underneath Brodeur's crossbar. King then padded the lead with a dump-in shot that inexplicably leapt over Brodeur's shoulder.

Brodeur returned to St. Louis' net for the first time since Dec. 8, facing Jonathan Quick in a matchup of two goalies with a combined five Stanley Cup championships, six Jennings Trophies, four Vezina Trophies, three Olympic medals, a Conn Smythe Trophy and 158 NHL playoff victories.

Brodeur and Quick both were shredded, yet each also made a handful of highlight-reel saves in the third period of a wide-open game.

Quick made 24 saves, and Brodeur stopped 31 shots.

St. Louis swiftly seized a 3-0 lead starting with Backes' adroit deflection on a power play for his eighth goal, but Gaborik kept the Kings alive with a power-play goal.

Kopitar then scored just his second goal in 15 games on a setup from Gaborik, who tied it later in the second period with another power-play rebound goal, his fifth in three games.

St. Louis went back ahead just 36 seconds later when Lehtera flipped a soft backhand past Quick for just his first goal in 15 games since Nov. 15.

Carter evened it on a 2-on-1 rush with Kopitar, whose five points exceeded his total from the previous 13 games combined. Kopitar had three four-point games earlier in his career, none since 2010.

NOTES: Blues F Jaden Schwartz missed his first game of the season. He apparently injured his right foot against the Kings on Tuesday. ... Kings D Robyn Regehr left in the second period with an upper-body injury and didn't return, again leaving the club with five defensemen. ... Jaskin's goal was his second of the season in the Russian's first game since returning from a 16-game stint in the minors.

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