Blues continue scoring surge, beat Sharks 7-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis scored the final four goals to turn a one-goal lead into a 7-2 rout of San Jose on Thursday, continuing a rich vein of form for the Blues, who have netted 20 times in three games.
Despite the victory the Blues did not make up any ground on the two teams above them in the NHL Central Division, as leader Nashville had an overtime win against Dallas and Chicago won at Minnesota.
In a reprise of last season’s Stanley Cup showdown, the New York Rangers hung on to edge Los Angeles 4-3.
The seemingly irresistible St. Louis offense saw Alexander Steen, Jay Bouwmeester, Paul Stastny, Jori Lehtera, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Backes all score.
Jaden Schwartz added three assists, and Brian Elliott made 25 saves for the Blues.
The Sharks got goals from Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson.
Nashville’s Shea Weber scored his second goal of the game just 17 seconds into overtime to give the Predators a 3-2 victory over Dallas.
Miikka Salmaki score in his NHL debut for the Predators who tied Anaheim for the most points in the NHL while improving to 16-2-1 at home.
Jason Spezza and Trevor Daley scored for Dallas.
Chicago’s Bryan Bickell scored twice in the third period to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-2 win at Minnesota.
Corey Crawford made a season-high 42 saves while Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago.
Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota, which played a second straight game without left wing Zach Parise. His father, former Minnesota North Stars player J.P. Parise, died Wednesday.
A moment of silence was held before the game and Wild players wore “11” decals on their helmets.
New York’s Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist to help the Rangers edge Los Angeles 4-3.
Cam Talbot made 28 saves, while Kevin Klein, Lee Stempniak and Martin St. Louis scored in a 5:46 span of the second period for the Rangers, who erased an early two-goal deficit and completed a Southern California sweep with their 12th win in 13 games overall.
Justin Williams scored twice and Tanner Pearson one for the Kings, who returned from a four-day break with an inconsistent defensive effort.
Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist as the Panthers beat Vancouver 3-1.
Aleksander Barkov also scored for Florida goaltender Robert Luongo earned his 389th NHL victory — tying Dominik Hasek for 11th place on the career list — with his first win against his old team. That gave him a victory against all 30 NHL teams in his career.
Daniel Sedin had the sole goal for the Canucks.
Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek scored 1:28 into overtime to lift the Flyers over Washington 3-2.
Boston’s Milan Lucic scored twice and the Bruins put up a stifling defensive effort in beating New Jersey 3-0.
Arizona bounced back from a humiliating 6-0 home defeat by St. Louis and beat Winnipeg 4-1, with Mikkel Boedker contributing two goals and an assist.
Colorado beat Ottawa 5-2, with two goals from Jarome Iginla.
Carolina scored four times in the second period to beat Buffalo 5-2, sending the Sabres to their sixth straight loss.