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Petersen helps Kings beat Blues 2-1 for 6th straight win

Alex Iafallo and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the second period to send the Los Angeles Kings past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Cal Petersen made 35 saves, improving to 3-0-1 in his last four starts.

Oskar Sundqvist scored late in the third for the Blues, who fell to 1-5-1 in their last seven home games.

Los Angeles Kings' Jeff Carter (77) handles the puck next to St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Iafallo put Los Angeles ahead at 10:24 of the second. St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington couldn’t corral a shot by Dustin Brown, and Iafallo took advantage by knocking in the rebound.

The Kings made it 2-0 at 16:08 when Athanasiou scored on a wrist shot, beating Binnington to his glove side.

Binnington made his fifth consecutive start and sixth in the team’s last seven games. He stopped 19 shots in falling to 8-6-2.

St. Louis Blues' Oskar Sundqvist (70) looks for a shot on Los Angeles Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

St. Louis was unable to score with a 6-on-5 skating advantage for 3:25 on a delayed penalty in the third. Sundqvist scored on the ensuing power play at 18:14.

INJURIES

St. Louis D Carl Gunnarsson will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury. He is the fifth Blues player on injured reserve. Gunnarsson got hurt Monday in a puck battle with Kings forward Gabriel Vilardi along the boards behind the net. ... Ivan Barbashev had surgery on his left ankle and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. ... The Blues remain without F Jaden Schwartz (lower body) and D Colton Parayko (back). This was the sixth game Schwartz has missed and the fourth for Parayko. ... Kings forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan (upper body) was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 18. ... Kings D Mikey Anderson was a late scratch due to a lower-body injury.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) stops a shot during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

ROSTER MOVES

Blues D Steve Santini was assigned to the taxi squad. ... Kings D Austin Strand was recalled from the taxi squad.

MORNING SKATE

Blues C Tyler Bozak, who hasn’t played since taking a big hit from Mark Stone on Jan. 26, did not skate Wednesday morning. After skating the past two days, Bozak is “not feeling ready yet," according to coach Craig Berube. ... RW Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) was on the ice for the fifth consecutive day at the morning skate. Taraskenko is recovering from surgery he had five months ago on his left shoulder, his third operation on the shoulder and second since Oct. 27, 2019.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington blocks a shot during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

WHAT’S NEXT

The Kings play Friday night at Minnesota.

The Blues play Saturday night at San Jose.

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Los Angeles Kings' Blake Lizotte (46) controls the puck while under pressure from St. Louis Blues' Marco Scandella (6) while goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen (40) blocks a shot from St. Louis Blues' Oskar Sundqvist (70) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

St. Louis Blues' Marco Scandella (6) is assisted by Sammy Blais (9) and linesman Ryan Gibbons (58) after being injured during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou (25) handles the puck while Los Angeles Kings' Tobias Bjornfot (33) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)

Los Angeles Kings' Blake Lizotte (46) and St. Louis Blues' Zach Sanford (12) vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP PhotoScott Kane)