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Philadelphia
Flyers
44-27-11
St. Louis
Blues
41-31-10

36 SOG
35 SOG
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game recap

Blues 4, Flyers 0

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:23 AM

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Chris Mason was quick to credit his St. Louis teammates for his second shutout in three games.

"I'm feeling pretty good and the guys are doing a great job in front of me," Mason said after making 35 saves for his 15th career shutout in the Blues' 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

"They're blocking shots, letting me see pucks, clearing rebounds, letting me know where pucks are. I think it's a combination of everyone kind of getting better as we go here."

St. Louis is 4-1-1 in its last six games, with Mason picking up three wins.

Carlo Colaiacovo, Jay McClement, David Backes and Patrik Berglund scored, Brad Boyes and T.J. Oshie each had two assists, and Mason also had an assist. Mason, who has allowed two goals in his last three starts, also blanked Chicago on Jan. 21.

"Our goaltending was solid tonight obviously," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "Our penalty killers did a great job."

The Flyers, who were 3-1-1 in their previous five games, were 0-for-11 on the power play that included a full 2-minute 5-on-3 man advantage in the first period.

"Yeah it was a real key point in the game," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "You get those opportunities early and you want to capitalize and we didn't put the puck in the net and the worst case scenario is they come out and score right after that so not only do we not score, but they score after that. Surely special teams played a factor in the game tonight. It was the difference in the hockey game in the end."

The Blues opened the scoring after killing off the 5-on-3, with McClement getting his fifth of the season at 4:05 of the first period.

Brad Winchester (tripping) and Oshie (hooking) were in the box and as both came out, Oshie sent Winchester in on Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki. After Niittymaki stopped Winchester's initial shot with a blocker save, McClement hammered home the rebound from a sharp angle into an empty side.

Colaiacovo, acquired from Toronto along with Alexander Steen on Nov. 24 for Lee Stempniak, made it 2-0 2:45 into the second period, snapping a shot from the slot past Niittymaki off a feed from Keith Tkachuk.

Backes made it 3-0 with his 17th goal at 8:37. Steen took a long outlet feed from Mason that sprung a 2-on-0, then fed Backes in the crease for an easy tap-in.

"They probably read the scouting report. They know I don't play the puck a lot," Mason said. "All their guys changed and usually that doesn't happen. I just looked up and all their guys went to the bench and I saw (Steen) hustling across the line and I just fired it up. He did the rest."

Berglund's power-play goal came with 4:33 remaining in the game on a one-timer from the right dot.

The game between cross-conference teams produced an usually large amount of penalty minutes, as the teams combined for 27 penalties and 76 penalty minutes.

Notes: The Flyers had won four straight against St. Louis dating to Dec. 7, 2002. Philadelphia also won five in a row in St. Louis, dating to Feb. 29, 2000. ... The Blues are 14-1-1 when leading after two periods. ... Mason has three career assists.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:05
STL
Jay McClement (5) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Winchester (3), T.J. Oshie (8)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
02:45
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Keith Tkachuk (17), Brad Boyes (18)
2 - 0 STL
08:37
STL
PPG - David Backes (17) Deflected shot - ASST: Alexander Steen (12), Chris Mason (1)
3 - 0 STL
3rd Period
15:27
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (15) Slapshot - ASST: Brad Boyes (19), T.J. Oshie (9)
4 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:56
STL
Brad Winchester  Tripping against  Matthew Carle
01:56
STL
T.J. Oshie  Hooking against  Matthew Carle
11:18
PHI
Riley Cote  Hooking against  Cam Janssen
11:18
PHI
Arron Asham  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
11:18
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Arron Asham
15:55
PHI
Andrew Alberts  Interference against  David Backes
19:49
STL
David Backes  Cross checking against  Joffrey Lupul
2nd Period
07:09
PHI
Mike Knuble  Slashing against  Brad Boyes
09:12
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Hooking against  Claude Giroux
09:12
STL
Dan Hinote  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Richards
09:12
PHI
Mike Richards  Fighting (maj) against  Dan Hinote
10:44
STL
Tyson Strachan  Hooking against  Simon Gagne
10:49
PHI
Claude Giroux  Hooking against  Barret Jackman
11:07
STL
Jay McClement  Holding against  Simon Gagne
16:49
PHI
Matthew Carle  Interference against  David Perron
19:24
PHI
Simon Gagne  Hooking against  Dan Hinote
3rd Period
08:20
PHI
Darroll Powe  Holding against  T.J. Oshie
09:42
STL
Brad Winchester  Slashing against  Scottie Upshall
13:38
PHI
Joffrey Lupul  Interference against  B.J. Crombeen
13:58
PHI
Arron Asham  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:58
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
13:58
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Jeff Woywitka
14:29
STL
Alexander Steen  Interference against  Mike Richards
17:11
STL
Alexander Steen  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:11
PHI
Riley Cote  Misconduct (10 min)
19:45
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Glen Metropolit
19:45
STL
David Backes  Abuse of officials - bench
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 35TOI: 59:29
Saves: 31EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .886SH: 4 - 4
Chris Mason
SA: 36TOI: 59:55
Saves: 36EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3