Kopitar, Kings storm past Blues, earn split


ST. LOUIS — Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists to help the Los Angeles Kings to their first road win of the season, 6-3 against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

Adrian Kempe had two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for the Kings (2-2-2), who split a two-game set here. They lost to the Blues 4-2 on Saturday.

Brayden Schenn scored twice, Jordan Kyrou had two assists, and Ville Husso made 29 saves in his first NHL start for the Blues (3-2-1).

The Kings scored five unanswered goals, including three in the second period. 

Gabriel Vilardi extended Los Angeles’ lead to 3-1 at 6:25 of the second following a turnover by St. Louis defenseman Vince Dunn. 

Kopitar scored his first goal of the season when he tipped in Kempe’s shot to make it 4-1 at 8:22.

Lias Andersson scored on a breakaway to make it 5-1 at 17:18.

The Blues scored two goals in 48 seconds to cut the Kings lead to two. Schenn’s second of the game made it 5-2 at 6:01 of the third period, and Ryan O’Reilly made it 5-3 at 6:49.

Drew Doughty scored into an empty net with 17 seconds remaining for the 6-3 final.

Schenn had given St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 14:26 of the first on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.

Los Angeles scored twice in 23 seconds to take the lead. Alex Iafallo‘s power-play goal tied it 1-1 at 18:13, and Carl Grundstrom made it 2-1 on the rush at 18:36.

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