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Blues defeat Kings 2-1

By R.b. Fallstrom

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 18 2011 8:45 p.m. MST

St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Sobotka, of the Czech Republic, controls the puck as Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty, right, gives chase during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in St. Louis.

Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Erik Johnson scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period shot that slowly trickled between goalie Jonathan Quick's pads in the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Patrik Berglund snapped a 3-for-38 power play drought in the first period for the Blues, who ended a three-game home losing streak and a 1-6-1 slump overall and leapfrogged a point ahead of Los Angeles in the Western Conference standings. Jaroslav Halak raised his career mark against Los Angeles to 7-1, making 26 saves.

Matt Greene ended a 10-game point drought with his first goal of the season for the Kings, who are in a 2-9 slump. Quick made his first start in three games and made 24 saves, but couldn't control Johnson's innocent looking point shot wth 6:47 to go.

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