Final

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Friday, October 27th
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Blue Jackets2
Game 2: Wednesday, January 3rd
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Kings3
Game 3: Wednesday, March 7th
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OT
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Game 4: Saturday, March 17th
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Kings5

Kings 0

(3-7-2, 8 pts)

Blue Jackets 2

(3-4-1, 7 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 27, 2006

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
LA 0 0 00
CBJ 1 0 12

P. Leclaire (Blue Jackets - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: 1.000

N. Zherdev (Blue Jackets - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

F. Modin (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Blue Jackets' Leclaire stops 38 shots for first career shutout

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Pascal Leclaire was about the only Blue Jacket who wasn't outplayed.

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The Blue Jackets' Pascal Leclaire recorded the first shutout of his NHL career to lead Columbus to a 2-0 win over the Kings on Friday night in Columbus. Leclaire entered play on Friday having appeared in the most career games (41) among active NHL goaltenders who had never posted a shutout. With Leclaire off the schneid, that leaves only two active goaltenders with at least 10 career games in the NHL and no regular-season shutouts: the Hurricanes' Cam Ward (37 games) and the Coyotes' David LeNeveu (16). Ward does have two shutouts in 23 playoff games.

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Leclaire stopped 38 shots for his first NHL shutout to lead Columbus to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

"Pascal stole it for us," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We owe Pascal for that one."

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 goaltending job a year ago before Columbus showed its confidence in him by trading Marc Denis to Tampa Bay for Modin and backup goalie Fredrik Norrena on June 30.

"I haven't had a lot of shutouts in my life [at any level], but the most important thing tonight is that we won," said Leclaire, who will turn 25 in just over a week.

Modin said it was only right that Leclaire not only won but also got the shutout.

"I wasn't aware it was his first one, so congratulations to Passy," Modin said. "He's been playing fantastic here in all these games we've been playing at the start."

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 -- the second-fewest shots Columbus has ever had in a win.

"We dominated the game tonight," Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. "When you dominate the game, you're going to win more than you're going to lose, for sure. You have to accept the fact that sometimes goaltenders win games for teams. Tonight theirs did."

Seconds after the Kings' Anze Kopitar lost the puck on a backhand with a wide-open net in front of him late in the first period, the Blue Jackets broke through.

Rick Nash dug the puck off the short boards and tossed a long pass that found Zherdev skating clear of the defense. Zherdev deked to the forehand side then went to the backhand and chipped the puck high into the net over goalie Dan Cloutier's right shoulder for his fourth goal.

The Kings were ineffective on seven consecutive chances with a man-advantage from early in the first period through the first two minutes of the third period.

Leclaire also turned aside the Kings during 50 seconds of five-on-three midway through the second period. He twice stopped Rob Blake on slap shots over that span.

"We got out of penalty trouble. Our [penalty] kill was awesome and we got some momentum out of that," Leclaire said.

At the 8:15 mark of the third, Modin carried the puck behind the net and then fed David Vyborny, who passed back to Modin for a one-timer from the right circle. It was Modin's second goal of the year.

"Hopefully a win like this will get us going," Gallant said.

The Kings have scored fewer than two goals in seven of their last nine games. They had 11 goals in the first three games, 12 in the nine games since.

"We've got to take solace in the fact that we have got to keep our effort at that level," Crawford said. "For the younger guys, that's what you have to be concerned about is that they have to continue to realize that that's the effort level you have got to get to."

Game notes


Right winger Dan Fritsche returned to the ice for Columbus after missing four games with a shoulder injury. ... The Kings are 10-8-1-2 in the series with the Blue Jackets. ... Nash had been scoreless in his last four games before assisting on the opening goal. ... Columbus had also lost its last two games at Nationwide Arena.

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