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Blues seize on Quick error to beat Kings

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues capitalized on yet another game-ending error by Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick, scoring a last-minute winner and beating the Kings 2-1 on Thursday, taking a 2-0 lead in their NHL playoff series.

Defenseman Barret Jackman scored his first career playoff goal with 50.4 seconds remaining, with his innocent-looking wrist shot somehow getting past Quick.

In Thursday's other playoff games, Detroit blew a three-goal lead but escaped with an overtime winner to beat Anaheim and square their series 1-1, while Washington beat the New York Rangers and Ottawa downed Montreal in their respective series openers.

Quick was left to rue another costly mistake, having also made a stickhandling gaffe in the series opener which led to St. Louis' overtime victory.

"I've got to stop that. I've got to stop that," said Quick, who was brilliant in the Kings championship run last season. "It's my fault. Two games in a row. I've got to be better."

Jackman, who rarely ventures forward and had just three goals and 12 points in the regular season, joined a rush and scored in transition, beating Quick from just inside the blue line.

Patrik Berglund's deflection had tied the game early in the third period for St. Louis, which was swept by the Kings in the second round last season while getting outscored 15-6.

"We stole one there," said forward David Perron, who assisted on the first goal. "The biggest thing is to come back as soon as we can to Earth and get ready for Game 3."

Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who'll try to rebound in Game 3 on Saturday.

"It's our own fault that we're in this position," L.A. defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We've been fully prepared for their game, fully prepared for what they're going to do against us, and we just haven't stepped up to the plate."

The Kings led 3-0 in every playoff series last year en route to their Stanley Cup title, and are down 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2002, when they lost in seven games to Colorado.

"It's four games to win a series, so we've just got to focus on the next one," Brown said. "We've got to take care of our home ice. That's it."

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