Schenn, Blues cruise into Christmas break by thumping Kings

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LOS ANGELES (AP)Brayden Schenn scored twice in St. Louis’ four-goal first period and the Blues won their sixth straight game, 4-1 over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Vince Dunn had a goal and an assist, and Jaden Schwartz scored on the power play for the Stanley Cup champion Blues. Jordan Binnington made 29 saves in his first start since Dec. 16 against Colorado, and Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron each had two assists.

Alex Iafallo had a power-play goal and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves, but the Kings lost their third in a row.

It was the last game for both teams before the three-day holiday break.

The Blues scored four times in the first 12:21, with Schenn opening the scoring at 4:51 and getting a power-play goal that gave St. Louis a 4-0 lead for his second multigoal game of the season. Schenn has three goals and two assists in his past three games.

Schwartz tipped in Pietrangelo’s shot on the power play for a 2-0 lead at 5:43, and Dunn made it 3-0 at 11:22.

Iafallo got the Kings on the board when he redirected Drew Doughty’s shot from the blue line with 1:07 left in the opening period.

Los Angeles controlled long stretches of play in the second and third, but the top team in the Western Conference was able to protect its comfortable lead to win for the 10th time in 13 games.

NOTES: Perron has seven points during a four-game point streak. . It was Dunn’s first multipoint game of the season. . The Blues are 16-0-4 when scoring first. . Kings forward Trevor Lewis (upper body) did not play and will be re-evaluated after the holiday break, coach Todd McLellan said.


Blues: At the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Kings: At the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

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