Robitaille taps into experience to beat Blues in SO

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Luc Robitaille has picked up lots of experience
in scoring 667 NHL goals. He put it to good use against the St.
Louis Blues.

The Los Angeles Kings forward tapped into his knowledge of
goalie Patrick Lalime and took advantage, scoring the only goal in
the shootout that gave the Kings a 2-1 victory Saturday night.

"I've seen this goalie a couple of times, and I knew he'd come
out quick," Robitaille said. "I just took my time instead of
going too fast. I knew on him I would rather take my time and give
myself an extra option."

Mathieu Garon made 31 saves and stopped all three attempts in
the shootout for the Kings. Garon earned his 27th win and sixth in
seven decisions. It is the most wins for a Los Angeles goalie since
Felix Potvin posted 31 in the 2001-02 season.

The Blues made him earn it.

"They're a totally different team than the last time we played
them," Garon said. "They got those young guys who play really
hard. They're not playing like a team that's not going to the

Mark Parrish, in his second game with the Kings, scored his 25th
goal -- which leads Los Angeles.

Lalime, starting his second game since returning from the
minors, made 25 saves. He wished he had another stab at
Robitaille's shot.

"I got a piece of it and it just made it in there," Lalime
said. "I didn't think he was going to shoot it from there."

St. Louis is winless against the Kings (0-3) and 1-12-2 in the
second game of back-to-back matches this season.

Petr Cajanek had the only goal for St. Louis, but Blues coach
Mike Kitchen wasn't complaining.

"Our effort was real solid and our team play was great,"
Kitchen said. "Everyone had a part in it. I thought we deserved a
better fate in regulation."

Kings coach Andy Murray agreed.

"I think so much credit goes to the Blues and how they're
playing right now," Murray said. "They're playing as hard as any
team in the league."

Los Angeles was outshot 22-12 in the first two periods as the
Blues dominated play. But the Kings came out strong to start the
third. Parrish crashed the net and knocked in the rebound of
Michael Cammalleri's shot at 1:52.

Cajanek answered for the Blues 2:37 later when he and Keith
Tkachuk worked a give-and-go to perfection, with Cajanek tapping
Tkachuk's pass by Garon.

Neither team was able to generate much offense in the first two
periods. Tkachuk had the best chance when he was pulled down on a
breakaway by Tim Gleason and awarded a penalty shot. Garon stopped
Tkachuk's wrist shot to keep the game scoreless.

Game notes
Lalime started for the first time at home since he allowed
five goals in a 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 10, which
led to his being placed on waivers. ... Los Angeles D Joe Corvo had
his six-game scoring streak snapped. ... The Blues are 7-2-2 in
February and March after going 12-30-8 during the first four months
of the season.