Kaliyev helps Kings recover, defeat Blues in shootout


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings won their third straight game, defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in a shootout at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Adrian Kempe and Arthur Kaliyev scored, Alex Iafallo extended his point streak to four games, and Jonathan Quick made 33 saves for the Kings (4-5-1). 

Vladimir Tarasenko had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games, and Jordan Binnington made 33 saves for the Blues (6-1-1), who have lost two of three after opening the season with five straight wins.

Torey Krug scored shorthanded at 19:51 of the third period, charging in with a wrist shot after the Kings failed to clear the rebound of Tarasenko’s shot to tie it 2-2 for the Blues.  

Kempe, Iafallo and Kaliyev scored in a four-round shootout for Los Angeles. David Perron and Jordan Kyrou scored for St. Louis.

Tarasenko’s secondary assist on Krug’s late goal was his 453rd NHL point, passing Al MacInnis for eighth place on the Blues all-time points list. David Backes is seventh with 460 points.  

Tarasenko has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during his streak. 

Kempe put the Kings ahead 2-1 at 12:15 of the third period. Binnington wasn’t able to cover Iafallo’s wrist shot from close range, leaving the goal empty as Iafallo recovered the puck before passing from behind the net to Kempe in the crease for his second goal of the season.   

Iafallo has six points (three goals, three assists) during his streak.

Kaliyev tied it 1-1 with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at 6:16 of the third period. 

Kings defenseman Kale Clague had the primary assist, his third during a three-game assist streak. 

The Blues took a 1-0 lead at 6:48 of the second period, scoring five seconds into a power play. Brayden Schenn was in the slot to put in the rebound after Quick knocked down Tarasenko’s slap shot on a one-timer. 

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