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Mason, Oshie lead St. Louis Blues past Stars 3-1 @NHLdotcom

DALLAS - Chris Mason made 41 saves, and rookie T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal in the third period in the St. Louis Blues' 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

With the game tied at 1, Oshie skated in from the right side and lifted a sharp-angle shot over goalie Marty Turco's shoulder at 6:50 of the third period.

Jay McClement and Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues, 8-2-4 in their last 14 games to move into playoff contention.

Mason withstood a 14-shot first period and has allowed four goals in his last four games to improve to 10-3-4 in his last 17 games.

Turco made 19 saves, and Jere Lehtinen had a goal, but Lehtinen missed on two other prime chances for the Stars, who lost their third in a row.

Berglund scored his 17th goal of the season at 8:59 of the third period to extend the Blues' lead to 3-1.

Dallas got off to a fast start when Lehtinen tapped in Mike Ribeiro's centring pass at 6:16 of the opening period. Lehtinen nearly scored again about five minutes later, but was denied by Mason on a breakaway. Lehtinen's shot hit the post with about 13:45 to play.

Stars defenceman Stephane Robidas also came close with less than nine minutes remaining when his shot rang off the post, and Mark Parrish's attempt for Dallas hit the crossbar with 1:50 left.

The Blues tied it at 1 with the help of Turco's puckhanding gaffe. Dallas held a 12-3 shots advantage when Turco's clearing pass landed on the stick of McClement, who scored into an open net at 13:09 of the first period.

Dallas is without two of its top four centres: Brad Richards (broken wrist) and Toby Petersen (broken bone in his foot). With both scheduled to be out for at least a month, the Stars acquired centre Steve Begin earlier in the day in a trade with Montreal for seldom-used defenceman Doug Janik.

The 30-year-old Begin, who had six goals and four assists in 42 games for Montreal this season, will join the team for Friday's practice.

Notes: Dallas C Mike Modano was back after missing the previous game with the flu. ... Turco made his 31st consecutive start, extending his franchise record. ... Mason was playing in his 17th straight game. ... The Blues have won the first two meetings between the teams by a combined score of 9-2. ... Dallas had been 10-5 in its previous 15 games. ... Blues D Carlo Colaiacovo had to be helped from the ice with 2:39 left in the second period and did not return after getting hit in the ankle by a slap shot. ... Dallas is 0-for-12 on the power play in its last three games.

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