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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gretzky's First Lifts St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Wayne Gretzky scored his first post-season goal in three years and Jon Casey stopped all 29 shots he faced as the St. Louis Blues blanked the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 to even their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.


The Blues forced at least one more game in St. Louis in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Sunday in Detroit.


Friday's goal was Gretzky's first in the playoffs since the 1993 Stanley Cup finals. He scored at 4:40 of the second period, benefitting from a pair of perfect passes.


Casey saw Detroit caught in a line change and fired a pass to Shayne Corson on the left wing at the St. Louis blue line.


Corson flipped the puck up the middle of the ice and Gretzky broke in alone on Chris Osgood, beating him between the pads with a slap shot from between the faceoff circles.


"I've had a lot of breakaways in the past and have not been able to score and this time I figured if I went in and I wasn't thinking too much and just put my head down and buried it, maybe something would happen," Gretzky said.


Gretzky had 12 assists in the Blues' first nine playoff games.


"It's a great win for us and gets us right back into a tough series but probably just as important it probably got a little monkey off my back, worrying about where and when I'm going to score a goal," he added.


Casey got his first playoff shutout since 1991, stopping four shots in the first period, 13 in the second and 12 in the third.


Osgood had 15 saves for the Red Wings, who are 2-3 on the road in the playoffs.


The Red Wings, who lost consecutive games for the first time since October 30 and November 1, pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker for the final minute following an icing call on the Blues.


Detroit controlled play in the Blues' zone, but did not have a quality scoring chance.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)