Demitra haunts Blues again in Kings' 6-3 win

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The former St. Louis forward had four assists for Los Angeles.

ST. LOUIS -- Once again, the St. Louis Blues brought out Pavol Demitra's best.

Demitra matched his career high with four assists, enjoying another big game against his former team in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-3 victory Tuesday night.

"You always have extra energy when you come in and play against the team you played for," Demitra said. "I was nervous a little bit at the start of the game and especially at the start of the day, but when the game began I just felt great."

Defenseman Joe Corvo had his first career two-goal game, giving him three on the season, and Michael Cammalleri scored the winner on a power play in the opening minute of the third period for the Kings.

Los Angeles won its third straight and ended the Blues' best winning streak of the season at two games. The Blues have lost six in a row at home, matching a franchise worst set in 1996-97.

Dean McAmmond had two goals for St. Louis, tying him for the team lead with seven.

"I think the guys are getting the sense of what it's going to take to win games, and limiting our turnovers and getting some better chances," McAmmond said. "I think we're learning a little bit from that."

Blues goalie Curtis Sanford, making his fourth straight start in place of slumping Patrick Lalime, made 22 saves.

Demitra, who signed a free agent deal with the Kings after eight seasons with the Blues, has three goals and 11 assists in his last five games -- a total that includes his other four-assist game Nov. 13 at Columbus. He had two goals against the Blues in Los Angeles on Oct. 29 and assisted on the Kings' first four goals in his first game back in St. Louis, getting the second assist on Cammalleri's seventh goal from the right side at 41 seconds of the third.

"Obviously he's on fire," Sanford said. "Even the games I've watched on TV, he seems to be getting points every night. He's an elite player."

Alexander Frolov earned his third assist of the game on Jeremy Roenick's insurance goal on a power play with 1:10 to go, putting the Kings up by two.

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