Kings 3, Blues 2

Dennis Bernstein, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- Winger Tyler Toffoli scored two goals and center Mike Richards added two assists as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Monday night.
Toffoli registered his second multi-goal game of the season for Los Angeles, who improved to 17-7-4. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and right winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored for the Blues (18-5-3), who dropped their fifth straight regular-season game at Staples Center. Coupled with their defeat in San Jose on Saturday, the loss marked the first time this season the Blues lost consecutive games in regulation.
Goalie Ben Scrivens stopped 25 shots in winning his seventh game of the season for Los Angeles.
Kings center Jarret Stoll opened the scoring with a wrist shot from 40 feet that beat screened Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Winger Justin Williams and defenseman Robyn Regher assisted on Stoll's third marker of the season at 10:38 of the opening frame.
Toffoli's first goal of the night helped Los Angeles double its lead at 16:13 of the opening frame. Defenseman Drew Doughty's initial shot from the point hit the crossbar and ricocheted to Toffoli, who wristed a shot past Halak for his fifth goal of the season with Richards adding the secondary assist.
Toffoli struck again to give the Kings a 3-0 lead at 5:48 of the second period. Defenseman Willie Mitchell's shot from the left point deflected off center Mike Richards and landed in the slot, where Toffoli wasted no time in beating a defenseless Halak.
The Kings almost expanded the lead to four midway through the second period, but winger Jeff Carter's wrist shot hit the right post.
St. Louis attempted a late third-period comeback after a penalty to Kings center Colin Fraser expired. Tarasenko fed Shattenkirk for his second goal of the season at 14:06 of the final period with center Jaden Schwartz picking up an assist.
With Halak pulled for an extra skater, the Blues narrowed the score to 3-2 with 15.5 seconds left as Tarasenko deflected a Shattenkirk point shot past Scrivens for his ninth goal of the season.
NOTES: D Ian Cole and LW Magnus Paajarvi did not dress for St. Louis. ... Blues C David Backes played in his 520th game in a St. Louis uniform, passing current University of Michigan coach Red Berenson for 12th place in franchise history. ... D Kevin Shattenkirk earned his 100th point as a Blue with his third-period goal. ... The Kings have not surrendered a first-period goal in seven consecutive home games. ... Los Angeles extended its home sellout streak to a franchise-record 83 games. The run dates back to Dec. 3, 2011. ... The Kings scratched LW Daniel Carcillo, C Linden Vey and LW Tanner Pearson.

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