Third Period Collapse Against Los Angeles Kings Dooms Slumping St. Louis Blues

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What started off as a great offensive night for the St. Louis Blues turned into a very disappointing loss, as a late collapse led to four third period goals from the Los Angeles Kings and a second straight loss. The Blues scored first as Alex Pietrangelo got his fourth goal of the season. The Kings would equalize but the Blues got goals from Vladimir Sobotoka, David Perron and Chris Stewart and led 4-1 early in the second period. A goal by Slava Voynov made it 4-2, but four more unanswered goals from the Kings would leave the Blues with a lot of questions at the end of the night.

Mike Richards, Jake Muzzin, Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored for the Blues, who replaced Jaroslav Halak with Brian Elliott following Carter’s goal. Elliott surrendered one goal on eight shots and it should come as little surprise that the team recalled Jake Allen from the AHL, given the goaltending struggles as of late. St. Louis has now lost five of their last seven games and could be in danger of missing the playoffs if their slide continues. All six Los Angeles goals on Tuesday were scored at even strength, raising even more questions for a Blues defense that normally performs very well at both ends of the ice.

Tuesday’s game also marked just the second time in seven games that the Blues have scored four or more goals so it was a good sign to see the offense finally clicking again. Seeing Halak struggle is troubling for a team that is going to need more starts out of him given Elliott’s recent struggles.

The Blues now face a three-game road trip that will pit them against the Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks as they try and get back toward the top of the Western Conference standings.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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