St. Louis at Los Angeles

Osgood hopes 40th shutout leads to another milestone

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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Osgood achieved a milestone just a few NHL goaltenders have reached.

Now he wants to join another select group of men who have won the Stanley Cup with two different teams.

Osgood recorded his 40th career shutout and Pavol Demitra scored in the first period in the St. Louis Blues' fifth straight victory, a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

"The main thing Ozzy brings is the stability from the standpoint of his attitude," Blues forward Scott Mellanby said. "But whether he gets a shutout or lets in five goals, his demeanor is the same every day. And that's part of his experience and part of the reason he's had success."

Osgood's shutout was his second in three starts. The 11-year veteran, who helped Detroit win three Stanley Cups, became the 28th goalie in NHL history with 40 or more shutouts.

"It feels pretty good," Osgood said. "Shutouts are good -- because if you get a shutout, you win. But wins are the main thing, and I want to get as many as I can. To me, the guys who are the best in the league have been the guys who won a lot of games -- regardless if they were 5-4 or 2-1. You just have to have a knack of how to win hockey games, and I think I've got that."

The Kings, who blew a three-goal third-period lead in Thursday's 4-4 tie with Toronto, were shut out for the first time this season after getting blanked seven times last year.

"They play with a good defensive structure," Kings defenseman Aaron Miller said. "We were dumping pucks in, and they'd get them right out. We've got to get more of a forecheck going. It's a little discouraging. We've got to play harder, be ready to meet the physical challenges and battle for 60 minutes."

The Blues, who won for the ninth time in 10 games, played without the suspended Keith Tkachuk and Doug Weight in this matchup between the leaders of the Central and Pacific divisions.

Tkachuk, who scored the game-winning goal in three of St. Louis' previous four games, began serving a three-game suspension without pay because of a cross-checking incident with San Jose's Rob Davison on Nov. 13. Weight will finish serving his four-game ban on Sunday when the Blues play at Anaheim.

"We talked about the way we were going to have to play, without some of our top offensive guys, and we were very vocal about the fact that we were going to play a certain style and be committed to it," Mellanby said. "We were making it hard on their defense because we were always getting it in deep down by the goal line and grinding it out."

The Blues got only 18 shots on net against Roman Cechmanek and scored on the weakest of them at 15:22 of the first. Moments after Miller broke his stick in front of the Los Angeles net, Demitra carried the puck out from behind the net and banked his fifth goal in off Cechmanek's right shoulder while standing on the goal line about 5 feet away.

"You break sticks in a lot worse situations like that, and I was unfortunate. But I don't know what would have been different if I had a stick, to be honest," Miller said. "We had everything pretty much covered in front of the net, but the guy just made a nifty play."

Tkachuk's suspension was his third in 20 months, resulting in a combined eight games missed and $896,441 in lost salary -- including the $365,853 this one cost him. He also was suspended four games in February 2003 for cross-checking Minnesota's Wes Walz in the head with his stick, and one game in March 2002 for slashing Chicago's Lyle Odelein.

Notes

  • Kings C Derek Armstrong broke a finger on his left hand late in the third period when he was hit by a shot from teammate Ziggy Palffy. He's listed as week-to-week.
  • The Kings and Blues, two of the six expansion teams that doubled the size of the NHL in 1967-68, played in "throwback" uniforms. The Kings donned the purple-and-gold sweaters they wore during the 1980-81 season, when all three members of the "Triple Crown" line -- Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Charlie Simmer -- surpassed 100 points and combined for 161 goals.
  • Luc Robitaille, in his third stint with the Kings, has worn all three uniforms the franchise has had during its 37-year history -- including the black-and white motif used during the Wayne Gretzky -Bruce McNall era, when the Kings made their only trip to the Stanley Cup finals.


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