Blues making all sorts of noise
Unlikely scorers fuel home streak
The St. Louis Blues are on quite the roll now. Even Barret Jackman is pitching in on the offensive end.
Jackman broke a league-high 150-game scoreless drought and Brian Elliott made 13 saves to lead the Blues to a 4-0 win over Minnesota yesterday in St. Louis, in a game featuring the Bruins’ next two opponents.
The Blues won for the sixth time in seven games and gained points for a franchise-record 21st straight home game. They picked up their league-best 26th home win (26-3-4).
Jackman had held the longest active scoreless skid in the NHL - for one day. Anaheim’s Sheldon Bookbank broke a 167-game scoreless streak with a goal Friday.
Jackman sent a shot from the point past goalie Josh Harding for his first goal since Jan. 7, 2010. It gave the Blues a 2-0 lead early in the second period.
Elliott recorded his sixth shutout of the season. He improved to 20-5-2 and sports an NHL-best 1.55 goals-against-average. Elliott faced just three shots in each of the last two periods, as his teammates blocked 11 shots.
Ryan Reeves, Andy McDonald, and Vladimir Sobotka also scored for the Blues, who have allowed 10 goals in their last 10 home games.
Reeves, who has nine fighting majors in 40 games, scored for the first time since Jan. 13, 2011. He converted from in front off a pass from Scott Nichol for a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.
“It’s about time, it’s been a while,’’ Reeves said. “I don’t even know how to celebrate anymore.’’
McDonald tallied for the second time in four games since returning to the lineup last Sunday after missing 51 games due to a concussion. Sobotka scored for the first time in 28 games.
Penguins 6, Flyers 4 - Dustin Jeffrey scored a go-ahead goal 37 seconds into the third period and Matt Cooke had two goals as visiting Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia.
Philadelphia lost for the sixth time in eight games and got another poor performance from goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was benched after allowing three goals on 13 shots.
Islanders 4, Hurricanes 3 - John Tavares notched two goals and an assist in New York’s victory that completed its four-game season sweep of visiting Carolina.
Kevin Poulin made 33 saves for the Islanders, who pulled within 6 points of eighth-place Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The last time the Islanders had at least a .500 record after Feb. 1 was four years ago.
Canucks 6, Maple Leafs 2 - Alex Burrows and Daniel and Henrik Sedin combined for 10 points for host Vancouver.
Burrows scored two goals, Daniel Sedin had a goal and three assists, and twin brother Henrik added four assists.
It was Vancouver’s 10th straight win over Toronto, covering a span of more than eight years.
Lightning 2, Capitals 1 - Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 40th goal as Tampa Bay beat visiting Washington.
The 22-year old Stamkos became the first Tampa Bay player to have three consecutive seasons of at least 40 goals when he scored 1:50 into the second period.
Coyotes 2, Stars 1 - Radim Vrbata scored his career-high 28th goal 1:15 into overtime and Mike Smith stopped 30 shots as host Phoenix earned a point in its eighth straight game.
Blackhawks 6, Blue Jackets 1 - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and two assists as Chicago ended a nine-game road swing with a victory in Columbus.
Flames 1, Kings 0 - Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves for his 44th NHL shutout and fourth this season, and Michael Cammalleri scored early in the third for visiting Calgary.