Kings 6, Blues 4: Jeff Carter continued his impressive scoring surge by snapping a tie 6:09 into the third period as host Los Angeles rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat St. Louis for the seventh straight time.
After recording a natural hat trick versus Nashville on Monday, Carter gave the Kings a 5-4 lead after Mike Richards won an offensive-zone faceoff. Carter unleashed a rocket which sailed past Jaroslav Halak for his 11th goal in as many games. Carter, who scored twice in a 4-1 win over the Blues on Feb. 11, has 15 tallies this season to sit two behind league leader Steven Stamkos of Tampa Bay and leads the NHL with six game-winners.
Defenseman Jake Muzzin recorded two goals and an assist, Richards and Anze Kopitar both scored and set up a tally and Justin Williams notched three assists. Jonathan Quick made five saves in relief of an ineffective Jonathan Bernier (three goals on eight shots) for the Kings, who posted their sixth straight victory at the Staples Center and improved to 9-2-0 in their last 11 games.
Blue-liner Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart and David Perron collected a goal and an assist apiece. Vladimir Sobotka also tallied and Halak yielded five goals on 21 shots before giving way to Brian Elliott (seven saves). The Blues have dropped both contests thus far on their five-game road trip and fell for the fifth time in seven outings overall (2-4-1).
With St. Louis nursing a 4-1 lead, Kings defenseman Slava Voynov scored from the point with 6:22 remaining in the second period. Richards cleaned up a rebound at 1:33 of the third before Muzzin netted his second goal just 59 seconds later.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Sobotka gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead with 1:10 remaining in the first period by tipping a shot from Matt D'Agostini. Perron's deflection of Pietrangelo's point shot 1:14 into the third chased Bernier, and Stewart solved Quick with a backhander over five minutes later as St. Louis seized a three-goal lead. ... Blues D Barret Jackman notched a pair of assists for his first two-point effort since Nov. 8, 2011 against Chicago. ... Pietrangelo's goal was his first point since picking up an assist versus Detroit on Feb. 13.