Ville Husso authors shutout as Blues blank Kings

Ville Husso authors shutout as Blues blank Kings

Ville Husso made 34 saves for his second career shutout as the St. Louis Blues blanked the visiting Los Angeles Kings 3-0 Monday night.Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and David Perron added an empty-net goal for the Blues, who have started 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.Jonathan Quick stopped 32 of 34 shots for the Kings, who are winless (0-4-1) in their last five games.The Kings, who were already missing cornerstone defenseman Drew Doughty (lower-body injury), lost defenseman Sean Walker to a right leg injury during the first period.Walker got tangled up with Perron during a penalty kill. Walker wasn’t able to put weight on his leg as he was helped off the ice.The Blues got winger Pavel Buchnevich back from his two-game NHL suspension for head-butting, but winger Brandon Saad remained in COVID-19 protocol.The Blues built an early 10-0 advantage in shots on goal and finished the scoreless first period with an 18-7 edge. Their best scoring chance came on Robert Thomas’ attempted rebound conversion, but Quick robbed him with a right skate save.

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