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Mason, Blues ground Flyers

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Chris Mason helped out at both ends of the


Mason made 36 saves to record his third shutout of the season

and collected an assist as the St. Louis Blues skated to a 4-0

victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Jay McClement, defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, David Backes and

rookie Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who defeated the

Flyers at the Scottrade Center for the first time since February

29, 2000.

Aside from St. Louis ending its five-game home winless streak

against Philadelphia in the teams' second matchup here since the

lockout, the Blues won for only the second time in their last 10

meetings with the Flyers.

The 32-year-old Mason turned aside nine shots in the first

period, 12 more in the next and 15 in the third to complete his

15th career blanking.

"If I had a rebound, they were clearing shots and I was seeing

the puck," Mason said. "When I'm told to play, I play. I feel

really good right now. It's good to be in a really comfortable


With St. Louis holding a 2-0 advantage and on the power play,

Mason caught Philadelphia in the midst of a line change. After

clearing the zone, all four Flyers headed to the bench, but

Mason skated out of the crease and collected the puck between

the faceoff circles.

A heads-up Mason then fired a long outlet pass to Alexander

Steen at the far blue line, springing the Blues for a 2-on-none


"I stopped the puck, and normally, a guy will stay out, but they

all changed," Mason said. "I found Steener out past the line

and threw it up to him. He did the rest."

Steen faked a slap shot and made a cross-ice pass to a streaking

Backes, who converted with a one-timer into the open side of the

net at 8:37 of the second period.

"I had the easy job," Backes said. "Mason did it by sending the

puck up with them changing."

"Probably the best thing we did on the power play all night was

his pass," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said of Mason's outlet


St. Louis opened the scoring after killing off a 5-on-3

disadvantage. With Brad Winchester and T.J. Oshie coming out of

the penalty box, it set up an odd-man rush for the Blues.

Oshie delivered a pass to Winchester, who fired a wrist shot

from the left circle that goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped.

But McClement grabbed the rebound and fired a sharp-angle wrist

shot past the Flyers netminder at 4:05 of the opening session.

"We needed the PK to be like that," Oshie said. "It was an

up-tempo game, but with lots of penalties from the play, it was

hard to get anything going."

The game featured a combined 27 penalties and Philadelphia went

a season-worst 0-for-11 on the power play.

"You get opportunities and you want to capitalize. We didn't

put the puck in the net, and the worst-case scenario is they

come out and score right after that," Philadelphia coach John

Stevens said.

"We had chances all night - three 5-on-3s - and got nothing

accomplished. Special teams played a factor in the game tonight

- it was the difference in the hockey game in the end."

Flyers captain Mike Richards was most frustrated at the

struggles on the man-advantage.

"You have to find a way to finish when you get chances like

that," he said. "We had three chances two men up - when do you

ever get that many in one game and not score?"

"We needed to have a total team effort after our performance

against Ottawa," Murray said. "Our penalty kill was

outstanding. What an emotional change when you score right

after a 3-on-5."

Colaiacovo doubled the advantage at 2:45 of the second with his

second tally, and first at home, since joining St. Louis in a

November trade from Toronto. He took a quick feed from Keith

Tkachuk and unleashed a wrist shot from the slot over the glove

of Niittymaki, who finished with 31 saves.

Oshie and Brad Boyes had two assists apiece for St. Louis, which

snapped a four-game losing streak to the Flyers and improved to

4-1-1 over its last six contests.


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