Recap: Blues 5, Kings 0
Blues 5, Kings 0: T.J. Oshie scored twice to celebrate his selection to the United States Olympic team and Brian Elliott turned aside 30 shots for his 24th career shutout as host St. Louis breezed to its fourth straight victory.Brenden Morrow netted a power-play goal and Vladimir Tarasenko and defenseman Barret Jackman also tallied for the Blues, who have scored at least five goals in four of their last seven games. The victory was also Ken Hitchcock's 100th as coach of St. Louis.Rookie Martin Jones stopped 12 of 14 shots before being relieved by Ben Scrivens, who finished with nine saves. The Kings have mustered just six goals on their five-game losing skid, which is their longest negative stretch since dropping five in a row on Dec. 3-13, 2011.With Team USA executive Brian Burke in attendance at Scottrade Center, Oshie gave the Blues a 2-0 lead at 11:41 of the second period after cleaning up a rebound of Jaden Schwartz's wrist shot for a power-play goal. Jones was pulled in favor of Scrivens, who saw Oshie net his fourth goal in three games with a wrist shot following a faceoff win at 13:12.Tarasenko tallied 3:24 into the third and Jackman provided insurance nearly three minutes later with a blast from the left circle for his first goal of the season. The offense was more than enough for Elliott, who preserved his third blanking of the campaign by stopping six shots in the third after having a shutout bid foiled in the final nine seconds of his previous start.GAME NOTEBOOK: After being named to the U.S. Olympic roster on Wednesday, St. Louis captain David Backes, D Kevin Shattenkirk and Oshie, as well as Los Angeles G Jonathan Quick and captain Dustin Brown, received a standing ovation from the crowd during a brief timeout in the first period. Backes was a scratch as he nurses an upper-body injury. ... Schwartz notched an assist, but saw his impressive six-game goal-scoring streak come to an end. ... St. Louis opened the scoring 4:42 into the first period as Shattenkirk's blast from the point sailed wide of the net and bounced right to Morrow, who banked the puck off Jones' backside and into the net.
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