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January 3, 2014

Blues blank Kings 5-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — T.J. Oshie got chills from the crowd reaction at the Scottrade Center on Thursday night.

Oshie scored twice and Brian Elliott made 30 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

St. Louis has won four in a row and six of seven.

Los Angeles lost a season-high fifth game in a row. The Kings' previous five-game losing streak came Dec. 3-13, 2011.

Oshie scored twice in a 91-second span in the second period to push the lead to 3-0. After his second tally, the standing-room only crowd of 19,839 broke into chants of, "USA, USA," in honor of Oshie's selection to the United States Olympic team Wednesday.

"I thought that was pretty special," Oshie said of the impromptu salute. "I definitely didn't expect it. Once I heard it, I thought. "Wow, what a cool 24 hours for me."

Oshie, who grew up in Warroad, Minn., celebrated his first Olympic berth in style. He recorded his first two-goal game of the season.

"He just keeps on proving that he's deserving of the honor," St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said.

Brian Burke, Director of Player Personnel for USA hockey, was in attendance and watched from the press box as Oshie helped dismantle the Kings.

"He's putting on a show," Burke said. "He does just about everything well."

Elliott, who improved to 11-1-2, picked up his third shutout of the season and 24th of his career. He stopped 13 shots in the opening period, including a pad save on Jarret Stoll. Elliott recorded his 12th consecutive home win, a franchise record.

Brenden Morrow, Vladimir Tarasenko and Barret Jackman also scored for St. Louis.

But Oshie, who has eight goals and a team-high 27 assists, stole the show. He scored on a power play at 11:41 of the second period off the rebound of a shot by Jaden Schwartz. Less than two minutes later, Oshie whipped a shot behind replacement Ben Scrivens.

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