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RECAP: Los Angeles Kings jump out quickly to defeat St. Louis Blues

Mar 17, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Zach Sanford (12) moves the puck down the ice as Los Angeles Kings left wing Carl Grundstrom (91) gives chase during the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Moore, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-1 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Carl Grundstrom also scored and Calvin Petersen made 19 saves for the Kings, who improved to 5-1-1 against the Blues this season.

Mike Hoffman scored and Jordan Binnington made 20 saves for the Blues, who have lost a season-high five consecutive games (0-2-3).

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The Kings and Blues were scheduled to play Monday in the opener of a two-game set in Los Angeles, but the game was postponed because the Kings could not depart Denver following a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening because of a snowstorm.

Los Angeles used the pent-up energy to surge to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Doughty scored on the first power play of the game to give the Kings a 1-0 lead at 3:21.

It was the 64th power-play goal of Doughty’s NHL career, moving him past Wayne Gretzky for ninth in team history.

Doughty has 15 power-play points this season (five goals, 10 assists), which ranks second among NHL defenseman.

Kopitar assisted on Doughty’s goal to give him 20 power-play points on the season (three goals, 17 assists), which also ranks second in the league.

Grundstrom swept in a loose puck from in front of the crease before Binnington could get to it, expanding the lead to 2-0 at 4:19.

Sean Walker centered a pass from just below the goal line, and it went through the crease and off the skate of Moore, sending it across the goal line for a 3-0 lead at 14:11.

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St. Louis cut it to 3-1 when Hoffman scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line at the start of a delayed penalty at 16:29 of the second period.

Kopitar scored into an empty net with 1:40 left to make it 4-1. Petersen was credited with an assist on the play.

–Field Level Media