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Blues 4, Maple Leafs 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 4, Maple Leafs 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 0, St. Louis Blues 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Chris Mason made the difference in the NHL's worst home team's victory over the league's worst road club.

Mason made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season, and T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored short-handed goals in the second period to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Friday night.

"We were lucky our penalty kill was playing pretty well tonight," Oshie said. "We were playing in their end a little bit. We were fortunate to get those two goals, two hardworking goals."

Mason meanwhile was quick to give credit for the shutout to his teammates.

"For the most part, we did a pretty good job of clearing the shooting lanes," Mason said. "Just seeing the puck pretty good."

Andy McDonald and B.J. Crombeen also scored.

Coming off a shootout win over Detroit on Tuesday night, the Blues won consecutive games at home for the first time since Jan. 14-16.

St. Louis improved its home record to 11-16-5, still the worst in the NHL, while Toronto lost for the sixth straight time on the road to drop to 8-18-6 away from home, the league's worst road record. The Maple Leafs are 2-13-2 on the road since Dec. 5 and were playing in their last game before the Olympic break.

"Maybe our minds weren't where they should be," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "This is our last game. I thought we made some bad mistakes. We made it pretty easy for them. They just played better than us. We didn't play very well."

McDonald opened the scoring with 5:38 remaining in the first period. On a 3-on-1 break, Erik Johnson's initial shot was stopped by Jean-Sebastian Giguere, but Patrik Berglund grabbed the loose rebound and fed McDonald alone by the right post. McDonald jammed the puck past Giguere for his 19th goal of the season.

"We've got to work hard every night," Rickard Wallin said. "They won more battles than we did especially in the second period. That's where the game kind of slipped away from us."

Mason faced his biggest challenges in the third period when Toronto peppered him with 15 shots, but he stopped them all for his 20th career shutout.

St. Louis made it 2-0 at 9:07 of the second period. With David Perron in the penalty box for interference, David Backes intercepted a Toronto pass in the Maple Leafs' zone and tried to score on a wraparound. Giguere made the initial save, but the rebound came straight out to Oshie for his 12th of the season.

The Blues got their second short-handed goal of the period when Steen scored an unassisted goal, his 15th of the season. The former Toronto player circled behind the net and backhanded a shot through Giguere's pads.

"Obviously (Oshie) capitalized on one," Backes said. "And Alex Steen did a great job on winning two or three behind the net and comes around and stuffs one in their net."

St. Louis hadn't scored two short-handed goals in a game since Jan. 16, 2007, when it beat Anaheim 6-2.

NOTES: Blues C Keith Tkachuk was scratched because of an upper-body injury. ... Toronto RW Phil Kessel's points streak ended at five games. Kessel had six goals and four assists in his previous five games. ... Toronto hadn't played in St. Louis since beating the Blues 2-1 on Feb. 6, 2007. ... The announced crowd of 19,150 was the Blues' 25th sellout of the season.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:22
STL
Andy McDonald (19) ASST: Patrik Berglund (9), Erik Johnson (23)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
09:07
STL
SHG - T.J. Oshie (12) ASST: David Backes (22)
2 - 0 STL
13:47
STL
SHG - Alexander Steen (15) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 STL
3rd Period
13:35
STL
B.J. Crombeen (5) ASST: Jay McClement (14), Carlo Colaiacovo (14)
4 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:01
TOR
Colton Orr  Instigator against  Cam Janssen
05:01
STL
Cam Janssen  Charging against  Tomas Kaberle
05:01
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
05:01
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
05:01
TOR
Colton Orr  Misconduct (10 min) against  Cam Janssen
08:27
STL
Paul Kariya  Interference against  Fredrik Sjostrom
14:36
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Hooking against  B.J. Crombeen
14:41
STL
David Backes  Interference against  Rickard Wallin
16:32
STL
Paul Kariya  Slashing against  John Mitchell
2nd Period
03:35
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
03:35
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
04:25
TOR
Phil Kessel  Interference against  Mike Weaver
07:56
STL
David Perron  Interference against  Nikolay Kulemin
09:50
TOR
Garnet Exelby  Interference against  David Backes
12:06
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Holding against  Christian Hanson
19:20
STL
Roman Polak  Hi-sticking against  Viktor Stalberg
3rd Period
16:17
STL
Barret Jackman  Interference against  Viktor Stalberg
19:27
STL
Brad Winchester  Slashing against  Luke Schenn
19:27
STL
Cam Janssen  Misconduct (10 min) against  Colton Orr
19:27
TOR
Colton Orr  Misconduct (10 min) against  Cam Janssen
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 33TOI: 59:46
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .879SH: 2 - 4
Chris Mason
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0