Blues 4, Canadiens 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Jamie McLennan stopped 17 shots for his first career shutout as the St. Louis Blues beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.
Brett Hull scored his third goal in three games and had two assists for the Blues, who have won six of their last seven and have a six-game home unbeaten streak (5-0-1). The Blues have sold out 10 of their last 11 games, including a crowd of 20,409 against the Canadiens.
McLennan has been in the nets throughout the Blues’ winning streak in place of Grant Fuhr, who injured his knee in the first game after the Olympic break. McLennan has a 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2) dating to November.
The Blues, who entered the night first in the NHL in goals, have outscored the opposition 20-7 during the winning streak. Two of the goals against Montreal came on the power play, giving them five goals with the man advantage the last two games.
Over the last seven games, St. Louis is 13-for-45 on the power play. Pierre Turgeon added two assists.
The Canadiens have lost five of six and were 0-for-5 on the power play. Montreal had only four shots in the first period.
Before the game, the Blues honored Ron Caron, general manager from 1983-94 and now assistant to team president Mark Sauer. Caron began his NHL career as a Montreal scout.
A goalmouth scramble led to Jim Campbell’s 18th goal with 28 seconds left in the first period. Campbell ripped a shot between the pads of Andy Moog.
Hull got his 23rd goal at 14:37 of the second period, converting a pass across the crease from Pierre Turgeon.
Kelly Chase scored his third goal at 5:12 of the third period on a slap shot after a feed from Hull and Pascual Rheame got his third with 59.4 seconds to go.