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Added January 14th, 2011 by Chalk

Blues Beat Kings, End 5-Game Skid
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Nearly two weeks into the new year, the St. Louis Blues got their first win of 2011 and ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 road win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings, who like the Blues started the season very hot and near the top of the Western Conference standings, are in a tailspin having lost six of their last seven, all at home.

Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halek stopped 24 of 25 Kings shots to earn the win and end a personal three-game losing streak. On the other side, Kings netminder Jonathan Quick turned away 18 of 21 Blues shots to lose for the fifth time in six decisions.

Ryan Reaves put the Blues up 2-1 in the second period with his second goal in two games since being called up from the minors. “I’m not known for my goal scoring, but the feeling isn’t too bad,” said Reaves. “I don’t get too many goals, even in Peoria, so to go 2-2 right now is unbelievable for me.”

Alex Steen added his team-leading 15th goal of the year with 1:04 left in the second to give the Blues some breathing room. The win moved the Blues (21-16-6) a point ahead of the Kings (23-19-1) in the Western Conference standings, but neither team would make the playoffs if the season ended today. The Blues are in ninth place, two points behind the Colorado Avalanche, while the Kings dropped to eleventh.

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