Sun, Oct 29, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Leclaire stars in Colombus win

FIRST SHUTOUT Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Modin scored the goals, but it was the Blue Jackets' goalkeeper who was the real star of the show as he made 38 saves


The Columbus Blue Jackets' Pascal Leclaire, left, stops a shot by the Los Angeles Kings' Michael Cammalleri during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.


Pascal Leclaire stopped 38 shots for his first NHL shutout to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Friday.

Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Modin scored goals to help the Blue Jackets end a four-game losing skid and extend the Kings' winless streak to four.

Leclaire was the Blue Jackets' first pick -- and the eighth pick overall -- in the 2001 draft. He shared the job a year ago before Columbus traded Marc Denis to Tampa Bay for Modin and backup goalie Fredrik Norrena on June 30.

For the most part, the Kings set the tempo and controlled the puck throughout the game but failed to score on eight power plays. They outshot the Blue Jackets 38-14. It was the second-fewest shots Columbus has ever had in a win.

Wild 3, Ducks 2, SO

At St. Paul, Minnesota, Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal in a shootout to lift Minnesota past Anaheim.

The Wild are 5-0 in overtime and shootouts and 9-0-1 overall, with the lone loss a 2-1 decision to Anaheim on Oct. 20.

Brian Rolston and Nick Schultz scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won all seven home games this season and 10 straight overall. Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz scored for Anaheim.

Red Wings 4, Stars 3

At Dallas, defenseman Niklas Lidstrom scored his first two goals of the season to help Detroit hand Dallas its first home loss of the season.

Jiri Hudler and Pavel Datsyuk added goals, and Dominik Hasek stopped 17 shots for the Red Wings. Mike Modano scored twice for Dallas and Jussi Jokinen added a goal, with all three goals coming on the power play.

Canucks 3, Capitals 2, SO

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison scored shootout goals and Roberto Luongo stopped Matt Pettinger and Alexander Ovechkin to lift Vancouver past Washington.

Olaf Kolzig, who made 42 saves in regulation and overtime, stopped Daniel Sedin on the first shootout attempt, but Naslund roofed a backhander over the goalie's glove and Morrison attempt trickled in to secure the Canucks' fourth victory in five games.

Jan Bulis and Taylor Pyatt had regulation goals for Vancouver, and Ovechkin scored and set up Dainius Zubrus' goal for the Capitals.

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