The Kings surrendered four goals in the third period of Tuesday’s 5-2 loss at St. Louis, but earned a split in the home-and-home set with their own third- period surge.
Anze Kopitar had a goal and four assists for a career-high five points against the Blues. Carter registered three assists and Marian Gaborik scored twice and set up another one for the Kings, who put an end to a three-game losing streak.
Jonathan Quick finished with 24 saves in the Kings’ 11th straight win over the Blues at Staples Center (including playoffs).
David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a 2:48 span in the first period for St. Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
“We were careless at times and that’s a big part of it,” said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. “We did a really poor job of managing the puck as the game went on so we turned it into a track meet.”
Martin Brodeur was beaten six times on 37 shots.
Carter scored off a feed from Kopitar on a 2-on-1 20 seconds into the third to tie it up at 4-4. It was his first goal in 14 games.
The Kings, who earlier erased a 3-0 deficit, grabbed the lead on a power play. Muzzin lined up for a shot but pulled it back when Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester went down to block. He then skated around Bouwmeester and fired a wrist shot from the left circle past Brodeur at 8:58.
Los Angeles went up 6-4 when King’s dump-in from center ice hopped over Brodeur with 7:54 remaining.
“Some other teams would probably pack it in after the 3-0 (deficit), but not this team. We have a lot of character,” Kopitar said.
Backes opened the scoring with 6:48 remaining in the first when he deflected Bouwmeester’s point shot on a power play. Jaskin, who was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, used his stick blade to alter the path of Petteri Lindbohm’s long shot 71 seconds later.
Shattenkirk one-timed Alexander Steen’s pass behind Quick for a power-play goal with four minutes left.
Los Angeles began the comeback with a power-play goal of its own. Gaborik scored with 2:15 to go in the first after Brodeur poked checked the puck away from Carter.
Kopitar came in as a trailer on a rush, collected Gaborik’s pass and fired a wrist shot under the blocker of Brodeur at 6:14 of the second period.
Gaborik scored six seconds into a power play to make it 3-3. Gaborik went to the front of the net after a faceoff and was struck by Drew Doughty’s deflected point shot. He gathered the puck and swept it past Brodeur with 4:19 remaining in the second.
Just 36 seconds later, Jori Lehtera took a feed from Vladimir Tarasenko and beat Quick with a backhand.