Blues rally past Kings in OT, win fourth straight


LOS ANGELES — Mike Hoffman scored 1:30 into overtime, and the St. Louis Blues rallied for a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Friday.

Hoffman scored on a one-timer from the right face-off circle with goalie Ville Husso off for an extra attacker during a delayed penalty, giving the Blues (14-8-2) their fourth straight win.

David Perron scored twice, including the tying goal with 44 seconds left in the third period, and Husso made 28 saves.

Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings (9-8-5), who lost their fourth straight. Calvin Petersen made 19 saves.

Perron tied it 2-2 with a wrist shot from the right circle after the Kings were caught in transition trying to score with Husso pulled.

Brown scored his fifth goal in five games against St. Louis this season to put Los Angeles in front 2-1 on the power play 37 seconds into the third. After his initial shot was saved by Husso, the rebound went in off Brown’s skate as he was jockeying for position with Blues defenseman Justin Faulk at the edge of the crease.

It was Brown’s sixth power-play goal this season.

Carter tied it 1-1 at 16:41 of the second period, cutting across the crease and scoring with a backhand. 

The Blues took a 1-0 lead at 2:08 of the first period when Perron scored a power-play goal from the high slot.

Kings forward Rasmus Kupari, a first-round pick (No. 20) in the 2018 NHL Draft, played 10:07 in his NHL debut.

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