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Rough third period dooms Blues

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues blew a three-goal lead to the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night.

The first half of the game showcased the Blues of old. There was hard-hitting, great puck movement and simplicity to their game, but it’d be erased after the Blues allowed two goals 59 seconds apart in the early portion of the third period.

A costly turnover by Kevin Shattenkirk led to a goal from Mike Richards. Richards’s shot was initially stopped but deflected off of Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka to trim the lead to one goal.

Less than a minute later, Jaroslav Halak let up a soft goal to Jake Muzzin, who also tied the game in the first period.

Jeff Carter, who had a hat trick the night before, would give the Kings their first lead of the night a few minutes later on a snap shot. Halak would be pulled from the game after allowing three goals on seven shots in the third period. He stopped 16 of 21 overall.

Anze Kopitar added another goal off of Brian Elliott, who stopped seven of eight shots in relief.

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