St Louis' grip on the Western Division title remains loose and even their playoff chances are a little in the high after losing a third game in a row, keeping them just two points ahead of the Flyers, six ahead of the fifth place Penguins.
St Marseille (10) got the Blues onto the board first 7:07 into the game with a fight between J Roberts and Kings' Flett moments beforehand. That was just one of twelve shots St Louis fired in on Rutledge whose Los Angeles side moves back up above Pittsburgh and into a playoff spot after their second win in four attempts.
Flett (28) scored on the powerplay before the first intermission and B Smith's (19) unassisted magic was enough to end up as the game winner, but it was not the only tally of the middle frame as L MacDonald (19) and Robinson (11) ensured victory.
StL Martin (9-11-3 .901) 30/34, Powerplay 0/1
LAK Rutledge (21-20-5 .894) 11/12, Powerplay 1/5
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