RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Scott Young scored his NHL-leading 12th goal and added an assist as the St. Louis Blues won their fifth straight, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Sunday night.

St. Louis extended its best start in franchise history to 8-2-1, improving to 8-0 when scoring first.

The loss pushed Carolina's winless streak to five straight (0-4-1) as the Hurricanes wasted numerous scoring chances in the first period.

Blues rookie goaltender Brent Johnson remained unbeaten at 4-0.

Carolina, 25th in the league on the power play, was 0-for-5 with the man advantage and is now 5-for-56.

The Blues, who beat Dallas in overtime Saturday, took a 2-0 lead 10:49 into the game as Al MacInnis and Young each beat Arturs Irbe on his glove side.

MacInnis scored his third of the season, short-handed from the slot, as the Hurricanes were caught up ice on their power play six minutes in.

Less than five minutes later, Young broke in alone on a defenseless Irbe and extended his goal-scoring streak to five consecutive games.

The Hurricanes responded with a goal by Marek Malik 56 seconds later.

But Tyson Nash pounced on a rebound midway through the second period for a 3-1 lead and the Blues took control from there.

Pavol Demitra closed the scoring with a close-in shot with 11:55 remaining. It was his fourth of the season.

Notes: Carolina had a season-high 16 shots on Johnson in the first period. ... St. Louis defenseman Sean Hill took a hooking penalty less than five minutes into his first game against his old team. ... Hurricanes 20-year-old rookie Josef Vasicek had one assist and now leads the team with six. ... Carolina defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh had his four-game assist streak snapped.