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Kings can't breach Brian Elliott's fine Blue line in shootout loss to St. Louis

Kings can't breach Brian Elliott's fine Blue line in shootout loss to St. Louis

The game was proceeding practically at a glacial pace, one of those less-than-memorable contests you expect to see in early January.

Until the 7-minute 59-second mark in the third period.

Then a tame game suddenly turned controversial. It started when the Blues' Magnus Paajarvi was knocked off balance by a slash from Kings left wing Milan Lucic. Then Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb checked the falling Paajarvi into the boards.

McNabb was tossed from the game and received a five-minute major for charging, and the officials got an earful from an irate Kings Coach Darryl Sutter.

The Kings managed to kill off the major penalty and carried that momentum through...

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