Patrik Berglund

Kings’ hopes of reaching the playoffs suffer a blow

Kings’ hopes of reaching the playoffs suffer a blow

There was no need to watch the out-of-town scoreboard at Staples Center on Monday night. To check in on their nearest rival for the Western Conference’s final playoff berth, all the Kings and St. Louis Blues had to do was look across the ice.

And when they did it was the Kings who blinked first, with goals by David Perron, Magnus Paajarvi and an empty-netter by Alexander Steen lifting the Blues to a 3-1 win that put a major dent in the Kings’ postseason plans.

Dustin Brown got the Kings’ goal after they pulled their goalie with less than three minutes to play, but that did little more than change the final score and make the final seconds interesting.

The loss ended...

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