Anze Kopitar ended a 19-game drought without a goal in the Kings’ victory Monday over the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Can the Kings halt an eight-game losing streak away from Staples Center with a win over the Blues in Game 5 on Wednesday in St. Louis? The series took an unexpected turn in Game 4, when the Kings topped their total for the previous three games by outscoring the Blues 4-3. The Kings had only one goal in each of the first three games. Eleven different Kings recorded a point in Game 4, a sign of an offensive resurgence. The Blues built the first two-goal lead of the series Monday, scoring twice in the opening 4 minutes, 20 seconds. They couldn’t hold it, or a 3-2 lead in the third period and the series is tied two victories apiece.
Game 6 is Friday in Los Angeles.