NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at St. Louis
(Saturday, January 31st)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chris Mason turned aside all 36 shots he saw for his third shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues dominated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-0, at Scottrade Center.
Jay McClement, Carlo Colaiacovo, David Backes and Patrik Berglund each lit the lamp for the Blues, who have won three of their last four.
Antero Niittymaki was charged with all four goals on 35 shots for the Flyers, who had won three of four coming into the game.
The Flyers had a full two-minute, two-man advantage less than two minutes into the game, but the team was unable to get any quality shots on net and the Blues scored shortly after the penalty expired.
Brad Winchester and T.J. Oshie, both of whom were in the box, came out as their penalties expired and helped spring a 3-on-1 break. Winchester fired a shot from the right circle that was stopped, but the rebound was kicked out to the left side where McClement slammed it home just 4:05 in.
In all, Mason stopped nine shots in the first frame to keep Philadelphia off the board.
Early in the second, Brad Boyes' strong forecheck behind the net resulted in a turnover. Boyes got the puck to Keith Tkachuk, who from the low left circle centered it to Colaiacovo for a wrister over the glove of Niittymaki at the 2:45 mark.
About six minutes later, St. Louis took a 3-0 lead. Mason threw a long pass from his own end to the neutral zone near the Philadelphia blueline where Alex Steen grabbed it. Steen skated down the left wing and faked a shot before centering it to Backes for the easy tap-in.
In addition to the assist, Mason stopped 12 shots in the frame to keep Philadelphia from scoring.
The Flyers had a couple of power play chances in the third period, but were unable to dent the Blues' netminder.
Berglund's power-play goal on a one-timer from the right circle with 4:33 to play accounted for the final score.
The last time Philadelphia was shutout in St. Louis was on December 20, 1969...The Flyers host Boston on Wednesday...St. Louis plays in Detroit on Tuesday...The Flyers had won four straight and eight of the last nine against St. Louis prior to this game...Mason has 15 shutouts in his career...The Flyers had won five straight in St. Louis...St. Louis went 2-for-8 on the power play while Philadelphia was a horrid 0-for-11 with the man advantage.
01/31 23:28:12 ET