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Feb 1, 2009 - 6:38 AM
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Chris Mason helped out at both ends of the ice.

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 place."

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 rush.

"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 feed.

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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    Flyers 0, Blues 4  FinalFeb 1 2:02 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 0 0
    ST LOUIS 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - JAY MCCLEMENT 5 (BRAD WINCHESTER, T.J. OSHIE) 4:05
    2ND PRD: STL - CARLO COLAIACOVO 2 (KEITH TKACHUK, BRAD BOYES) 2:45
    STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 17 (ALEX STEEN, CHRIS MASON) 8:37
    3RD PRD: STL - (PP) PATRIK BERGLUND

    Jan 31 11:14 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    ST LOUIS 4
    3RD PRD: STL - (PP) PATRIK BERGLUND 15 (BRAD BOYES, T.J. OSHIE) 15:27

    Flyers 0, Blues 4  3rd - 4:33Jan 31 11:02 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 0
    ST LOUIS 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - JAY MCCLEMENT 5 (BRAD WINCHESTER, T.J. OSHIE) 4:05
    2ND PRD: STL - CARLO COLAIACOVO 2 (KEITH TKACHUK, BRAD BOYES) 2:45
    STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 17 (ALEX STEEN, CHRIS MASON) 8:37
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Jan 31 10:14 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    ST LOUIS 3
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 17 (ALEX STEEN, CHRIS MASON) 8:37

    Flyers 0, Blues 3  2nd - 11:23Jan 31 9:50 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    ST LOUIS 2
    2ND PRD: STL - CARLO COLAIACOVO 2 (KEITH TKACHUK, BRAD BOYES) 2:45

    Flyers 0, Blues 2  2nd - 17:15Jan 31 9:37 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0
    ST LOUIS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - JAY MCCLEMENT 5 (BRAD WINCHESTER, T.J. OSHIE) 4:05
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHI 9 9
    STL 12 12
    GOALIES: PHI - ANTERO NIITTYMAK

    Jan 31 9:15 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: STL - JAY MCCLEMENT 5 (BRAD WINCHESTER, T.J. OSHIE) 4:05

    Flyers 0, Blues 1  1st - 15:55Jan 31 8:46 PM