LOS ANGELES – Brad Winchester scored 14 seconds into the game after St. Louis started the wrong lineup, and the Blues snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
David Perron, T.J. Oshie and B.J. Crombeen also scored in the Blues’ first win in four games under interim coach Davis Payne. St. Louis is 12-5-4 on the road – its best start away from home after 20 games in terms of points in the franchise’s 42-year history.
Chris Mason made 21 saves for the Blues, who outshot Los Angeles 32-24 two nights after the Kings had 51 shots in a 2-1 loss to Detroit.
Brandon Segal scored his first NHL goal for the Kings, Jarret Stoll had a goal and two assists, and Rob Scuderi had two assists.
Jonathan Quick stopped 19 of 23 shots before he was pulled with 14:39 remaining when Crombeen’s wrist shot gave the Blues a 4-1 lead.
The Kings got back in the game in the third period on goals by Stoll and Anze Kopitar less than four minutes apart. Kopitar’s 18th came on a power play.
St. Louis grabbed a 1-0 lead after using a different starting lineup than the one Payne submitted to the official scorer. Brad Boyes was listed on the sheet to start at left wing, but Perron was there instead and was still on the ice when the Blues scored.
The goal was declared legal because Perron wasn’t the one who scored. Carlo Colaiacovo, who had jumped over the boards with defence partner Mike Weaver just seconds after the opening faceoff, took a wrist shot from the left point that caromed off Winchester and past Quick’s glove.
Segal, playing in his 14th NHL game and 12th with Los Angeles, tied it at 6:09 of the second period.
The Blues, who blew leads twice at Anaheim in Thursday’s 4-2 loss, took a 2-1 lead into the third after Perron scored his 12th goal 66 seconds before intermission.
NOTES: Blues LW Paul Kariya missed his sixth game because of a concussion. LW Keith Tkachuk sat out his third after breaking teeth in a game against Chicago. … The Blues have allowed only three goals in their last 58 short-handed situations on the road. … Segal, a 26-year-old right wing, played two games last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He signed with the Kings on July 13. … The Kings have scored fewer than three goals in 15 of their 17 regulation losses. … The Blues are 4 for 38 on the power play over nine games after going 4 for 5 at Edmonton on Dec. 21.