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Los Angeles Kings 1, St. Louis Blues 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:56 AM

Associated Press

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Los Angeles Kings 1, St. Louis Blues 2 FINAL
Los Angeles Kings 1, St. Louis Blues 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Playing in one-goal games has become quite familiar to the St. Louis Blues.

Pavol Demitra and Eric Nickulas scored first-period goals and Chris Osgood made 21 saves to lead the Blues past the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 Saturday night. The Blues are 13-6 in one-goal games this season and 18-6-2-1 overall.

"I'd love to have a blowout, but it's not in the cards right now," Blues center Doug Weight said. "We have to be great defensively. We might win three in a row 6-1 or 6-3 or 6-4 if we just let loose. But we're not going to be 18-6 if we're playing that type of game."

Osgood said his job is to stop pucks but he wouldn't mind a little more offense.

"I think we'd like to score a little more and we've been having some trouble putting teams away after getting leads but we held the fort," Osgood said. "Hey, it's a tough league. I mean every team is good and there are no easy nights."

The Blues have not lost to the Kings at home since the 2001-2002 season and are 3-0 against Los Angeles this season. St. Louis is 10-2-1-0 at home, including a 4-1 win over Los Angeles on Dec. 2. The Blues also beat the Kings 1-0 on Nov. 15 in Los Angeles.

Osgood earned his 289th career victory, which ranks sixth among active players. Los Angeles backup Cristobal Huet faced 27 shots.

Winning the close games suits St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville, who said these wins will help his club later in the season.

"I think there's something we can gain from these games," Quenneville said. "Not too many games do you get a two-goal lead and you're in control the whole game. Teams find a way to get back in the game. Hopefully, this will help us down the road."

Weight agreed.

"This is great training for us," Weight said. "I don't necessarily like winning 2-1 or 3-2 or 3-2 in overtime. It takes a lot out of you. We're practicing the way we're going to have to win in those big games against great teams late in the year in March, April, May and June.

"We bend but we don't break. Games are going to be close and you have to know how to win them."

Demitra scored on a nifty move in front of the net at 5:14 of the first period. From the left corner, Murray Baron passed to Demitra, who faked right. Huet went down to block the attempt, but Demitra went left around him and popped the puck in for his 10th goal.

Nickulas deflected in Chris Pronger's wrist shot from the top of the left circle at 17:44 for a 2-0 St. Louis lead.

"Our 2-0 leads are always early," Osgood said. "There's always a lot of hockey left to be played."

There were nine penalties called in the second period. St. Louis had four power-play chances and the Kings had three, but neither could take advantage. The lone goal of the period came when Zigmund Palffy put back a rebound of his own shot from the right circle at 2:46, cutting the Blues lead to 2-1.

The Blues have not given up a power-play goal in eight home games, killing all 27 attempts. Overall, St. Louis has allowed just one power-play goal in seven games, killing 26 short-handed situations.

St. Louis improved to 15-1-1 when leading after two periods.

The Blues went 0-for-6 on the power play.

"We played real hard for 40 minutes but we shot ourselves in the foot in the first period," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "We didn't have all of our good players playing real hard in the first period."

scoring summary
1st Period
05:14
STL
Pavol Demitra (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Murray Baron (4), Keith Tkachuk (10)
1 - 0 STL
17:44
STL
Eric Nickulas (5) Tip-in - ASST: Chris Pronger (14), Doug Weight (17)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
02:46
LAK
Ziggy Palffy (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Jozef Stumpel (9), Mattias Norstrom (5)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
08:49
LAK
Jaroslav Modry  Cross checking
08:49
STL
Doug Weight  Roughing
2nd Period
01:16
LAK
John Tripp  Fighting (maj)
01:16
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Fighting (maj)
02:55
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Hooking
03:58
STL
Scott Mellanby  Hi-sticking
04:56
LAK
Luc Robitaille  Hi-sticking
09:52
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Hooking
11:41
LAK
Trent Klatt  Tripping
13:57
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Interference
17:40
STL
Chris Pronger  Tripping
3rd Period
08:29
LAK
Jozef Stumpel  Cross checking
08:29
STL
Doug Weight  Cross checking
14:03
STL
Murray Baron  Hi-sticking
14:17
LAK
Martin Straka  Hooking - Obstruction
16:40
LAK
Mattias Norstrom  Holding
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
SA: 27TOI: 58:40
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
Chris Osgood
SA: 22TOI: 59:50
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0