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Kings 4, Blues 2

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ST. LOUIS -- Simply put, the Los Angeles Kings have owned the St. Louis Blues of late.

Mike Richards scored with 2:43 left to break a tie, and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves to lead the Kings to a 4-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday.

Los Angeles (19-12-2) has won the past eight games between the teams, including a four-game sweep in the Western Conference semifinals last season.

The defending Stanley Cup champs have won five of their past seven, including their last two on the road.

St. Louis has dropped three in a row and four of five.

Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis and Justin Williams also scored for Los Angeles, which has outscored St. Louis 29-13 during its eight-game run of dominance.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored both goals for St. Louis, which dropped to 9-8-1 at home. The Blues (17-14-2) were 30-6-5 in St. Louis last season.

Quick improved to 12-10-2 with his second successive win.

Richards muscled the puck past goalie Jaroslav Halak from close range for his eighth goal of the season.

The Kings held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before the Blues rallied.

Tarasenko tied the game 2-2 at 6:44 of the third period, poking in the rebound of a shot from Alex Pietrangelo. Tarasenko, who missed 10 games earlier in the season due to a concussion, slipped in behind Quick and calmly rolled the puck into the empty net.

Lewis gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with a harmless-looking backhand from close range at 12:49 of the second period. He flipped a bouncing puck past Halak from a bad angle. It was Lewis' fifth goal of the season.

Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead with his 13th of the season early in the second period. He converted from in front of the net off a pass from Anze Kopitar. Rob Scuderi began the play with a drive from the point.

Tarasenko tied the game 1-1 by pouncing on his own rebound at 10:55 of the second period. The Blues broke out of an 0-for-12 skid on the power play with the goal.

Williams added an empty net goal with 1:16 left.

Halak fell to 6-5-1.

NOTES: C Jarret Stoll picked up his 100th assist as a member of the Kings on Lewis' goal. ... St. Louis G Brian Elliott was sent down to Peoria of the American Hockey League for conditioning. The Blues were the only team to carry three goalies on their roster. ... Los Angeles RW Dustin Brown played in his 301st successive game. Anze Kopitar holds the franchise record of 330. ... St. Louis entered the contest allowing a league-low 23.5 shots per game. ... The Kings are on the second stop of a five-game road trip. They return home April 4 to host Minnesota.
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