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Blues beat Kings in overtime

St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko passes the puck ahead of Kings left wing Carl Grundstrom.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko passes the puck ahead of Kings left wing Carl Grundstrom during the second period on Monday at Staples Center.
(Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

Justin Faulk scored 46 seconds into overtime and the St. Louis Blues defeated the L.A. Kings 2-1 on Monday night.

Tyler Bozak also scored and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues, who are locked into the fourth seed in the West Division and will play Colorado or Vegas in the first round of the playoffs.

Faulk and David Perron sprung a 2-on-1 rush after Ryan O’Reilly won the opening faceoff in overtime, and Faulk won it with a wrist shot for his seventh goal.

Alex Iafallo scored, Calvin Petersen made 17 saves and the Kings wrapped up their home schedule with four straight losses.

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After two periods of tepid hockey, the Blues and Kings finally started to generate offense in the third.

Bozak went five-hole with a backhand to give St. Louis the lead 1:25 into the third.

Jaden Schwartz set up Bozak’s fifth goal, and Faulk had the secondary assist, his fifth in the past five games.

Iafallo responded with a one-timer from the left circle to tie it at 7:35.

Gabriel Vilardi extended his point streak to four games with the assist. He has three goals and two assists in that span, with the 2017 first-round draft pick closing out an erratic first full season in the NHL on a positive note.

Drew Doughty nearly won it in regulation for Los Angeles, hitting the post on a power play with 1:09 remaining, but Binnington was able to fall on the loose puck before the Kings could react.


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