By JOE HARRIS
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaden Schwartz has wasted no time making an impact for the St. Louis Blues.
Schwartz, in his fourth game back after missing 49 with a broken ankle, scored 1:40 into overtime as the Blues beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Thursday night. It was Schwartz’s third goal and the Blues are undefeated since his return.
Schwartz showed no ill effects from the injury, corralling a loose puck in front of his own net and racing the length of the ice to score on a breakaway.
“It was kind of a little bit of a scramble in front and the puck just kind of bounced and it was a race from there,” Schwartz said. “(Vincent) Lecavalier was chasing me and I just tried to get the puck on net and I think it hit the post then bounced off (Jonathan) Quick’s back and in. That’s probably the longest breakaway I’ll ever have.”
Robby Fabbri scored a power-play goal in the first period for St. Louis and Brian Elliott made 34 of 35 saves as he improved to 11-3-3 since Jake Allen was injured on Jan. 8.
Tyler Toffoli scored for the Kings, who have lost three straight.
The Blues improved to 9-2-1 against teams from the Pacific Division, have won four straight and have points in their last six games.
Elliott, making a career-high 16th consecutive start, made several big saves, including a sprawling glove save on Milan Lucic moments before Schwartz’s goal. He is 3-0-1, with a 0.48 goals against and a 98.2 save percentage in his last four games against the Kings.
“Kind of 3-on-3 mentality is that you have to have one big save to win,” Elliott said. “That’s what you are trying to do is say, ‘This is your opportunity to make it,’ and then obviously Schwartz was the last man back and went the other way on the next play.”
Fabbri scored on a give-and-go with Jori Lehtera with 10 seconds left in the Blues’ first power play at 11:32 of the first period. The man advantage was created when Quick was called for tripping.
The Blues have scored power-play goals in five of their last six games. Fabbri (2 goals, 3 assists) has been a part of five of the Blues’ last six power-play goals.
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