NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at St. Louis|
(Friday, February 3rd)
Final Score: St. Louis 1, Los Angeles 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jaroslav Halak stopped all 22 shots he faced
to post his fifth shutout of the season as St. Louis edged Los Angeles, 1-0,
at Scottrade Center.
Jamie Langenbrunner's second-period tally stood as the deciding goal for the
Blues, who reached the 30-win plateau by stopping a two-game slide.
"You've got to get 100 points to make the playoffs and we knew that coming
in," Langenbrunner said of the always-competitive Western Conference playoff
picture. "If you win one you feel good about it and you move on. If you lose
one you forget about it and move on. No one is going to win every game, but
you've got to make sure you give yourself a chance every night."
Jonathan Quick made 32 saves for the Kings, whose two-game win streak came to
Halak received the only support he needed at the 8:38 mark of the second
Matt D'Agostini fought past a check along the right-wing boards just inside
the LA zone, then dished across to Langenbrunner for a successful one-timer
from between the circles.
That was the only blemish on Quick's record as he stopped the other 12 St.
Louis shots in the second. Halak needed to make eight saves in the middle 20
minutes and eight more in the third to preserve the winning margin.
Quick stopped 12 shots and Halak six in the first period.
"Down the stretch you see a lot of shootout games; a lot of overtime games,
low-scoring games. Every point is so, so crucial," said Kings forward Jarret
Stoll. "Being on the road we've got to find ways to simplify our game and give
up a lot less and create more."
Halak recorded his 21st career whitewash and his 12th with the Blues...Three
of the last four games between these clubs has ended with one team being
shut out, and Los Angeles being blanked twice...Friday marked the first game
between these teams that ended with a 1-0 score since a St. Louis win at Los
Angeles on November 15, 2003.
02/03 23:50:00 ET