Game report: Blues 2, Kings 1 (shootout)

Key play: Troy Brouwer scored in the seventh round of a shootout and the St. Louis Blues rallied for a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Kings at Staples Center. Brouwer snapped a quick shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to end the Blues’ five-game losing streak.

Pivotal performer: St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott kept the bruised, battered and road-weary Blues within striking distance with his steady play. The Blues couldn’t muster much of an offense and yet were deadlocked with the Kings 1-1 entering the third period.

Quote, unquote: “There’s no secrets,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said of facing the Blues. “Every time we play those guys it’s tight. The middle is clogged up. Saying that, we’ve got to find a way to get there and find chances and find the back of the net.”

Dropping the gloves: Kings defenseman Luke Schenn won a decision over the Blues’ Robert Bortuzzo after a spirited second-period scrap. Bortuzzo came to the defense of teammate Dmitrij Jaskin after Schenn leveled him with a check along the boards.

Injury updates: The Blues played without goalie Jake Allen (lower body), defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (upper body) and Paul Stastny (upper body). They were injured during a 4-3 shootout loss Friday to the Ducks at the Honda Center. Magnus Paajarvi left Saturday’s game in the third period, bloodied after the Kings’ Brayden McNabb checked him illegally.