Published March 25, 2010
ST. LOUIS (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored his first goal in 10 games, and B.J. Crombeen and Paul Kariya also scored in the St. Louis Blues' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Chris Mason stopped 30 shots for the Blues, eight points behind eighth-place Detroit in the race for the eight Western Conference playoff spots. Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles, coming off a shootout loss at Colorado on Wednesday night.
Crombeen gave the Blues a 1-0 lead 3:57 into the game, beating Kings netminder Jonathan Quick following a 2-on-1 rush with Cam Janssen. Crombeen beat Quick with a snap shot through the pads.
The Kings wasted a 41-second two-man advantage in the first period and were 0 for 3 on the power play in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the Blues 6-4.
Oshie gave the Blues a 2-0 lead on their first shot of the second period, 1:06 in, patiently waiting out Quick before lifting a puck high into the net after Keith Tkachuk clogged up the low slot area.
Brown picked off Barret Jackman's clearing attempt and beat Mason with a high backhand attempt 4:38 into the third to cut the Blues' lead to 2-1.
Mason preserved a 2-1 lead when he made a glove save on the Kings' Anze Kopitar with 13:54 remaining.
Kariya got his 18th of the season following a scramble in front that needed video review, but the puck was in the net as Kings defenseman Randy Jones swiped it out with his skate. The goal gave the Blues a 3-1 lead with 6 minutes to play.
NOTES: Kariya's goal was the 402nd of his career. ... Tkachuk (lower body) and D Roman Polak (upper body) returned to the lineup for the Blues. Polak missed the previous two games, while Tkachuk sat out Wednesday's 4-2 loss at Detroit. ... Kings D Matt Greene (upper body) missed his second straight game. ... Blues RW Brad Boyes played in his 400th consecutive game. ... The Blues have now won the series against the Kings in 11 of the last 14 seasons, winning three of four this season.