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St. Louis at Carolina

Perron gets two goals for Blues; Hurricanes lose seventh straight

CBSSports.com wire reports
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray says there's no secret to his team's road success early this season.

"The bottom line is we just haven't been very good at home," Murray said Wednesday night after the Blues improved to 3-1-1 on the road with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. "All the arenas are all new and all generic. You don't have a lot of differences. So, to me, there isn't a real home advantage for a lot of the teams."

That undoubtedly was the case at the RBC Center, where the Blues came out strong, taking a 3-0 lead and then relying on goalie Chris Mason to extend Carolina's winless streak to seven games.

David Perron had two goals, Yan Stastny and Jay McClement scored 16 seconds apart, and Mason made 34 saves.

Perron said the Blues (5-4-1) haven't done anything special to excel away from St. Louis.

"I think it's just working harder than the other team," Perron said. "Even though we got outshot, the two points is what we needed to get. We just have to keep playing like that."

Stastny and McClement scored consecutively later in the first, marking the fifth time this season the Hurricanes allowed two goals in a less than a minute.

"You can't break down defensively the way we did," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "We haven't respected the defensive part of the game."

Andy McDonald made it 4-1 with his fourth goal of the season, taking a feed from Keith Tkachuk and beating Cam Ward, who allowed four goals on 17 shots before Perron scored an empty-netter.

"That goal was a big one, because they were pressing us at the time," Murray said.

Mason was solid in the net for the Blues, who won despite allowing Carolina eight power-play chances. Both goals, by Joe Corvo and Scott Walker, came on the power play.

"He's the main reason we came back last year and made the playoffs," Perron said about Mason. "He's gotten off to a great start, and he's our best player every night. We've got to have him like that all year."

Notes

  • St. Louis is scoreless in its last 17 power plays after going 0-for-1 on Wednesday.
  • St. Louis' last win at the RBC Center was in January 2003.
  • Carolina dropped to 0-4-2 this season when allowing the first goal.
  • The Hurricanes (2-6-3) are 0-4-3 in their last seven games.
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David Perron (right) celebrates his first goal before sealing the deal with an empty netter. (AP)
David Perron (right) celebrates his first goal before sealing the deal with an empty netter. (AP)

Scoreboard
St. Louis  (5-4-1) «3115
Carolina (2-6-3)1012
Three Stars
C. Mason
STL


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944
D. Perron
STL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. McDonald
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:32David Perron (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Berglund, Crombeen
15:52Yan Stastny (1), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
16:08Jay McClement (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Perron, Sydor
19:07Power Play - Joe Corvo (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Wallin, Staal
2ND PERIOD
09:42Andy McDonald (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Tkachuk, Polak
3RD PERIOD
08:12Power Play - Scott Walker (2), Tip-In, Unassisted.
19:08David Perron (3), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:35Winchester, 5 min, Fighting
02:35Harrison, 5 min, Fighting
06:02Janssen, 5 min, Fighting
06:02Conboy, 5 min, Fighting
12:24Sydor, 2 min, Tripping
17:25Weaver, 2 min, Holding the Stick
2ND PERIOD
02:54Johnson, 2 min, Hooking
05:44Kostopoulos, 2 min, Charging
16:57Strachan, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
06:33Weaver, 2 min, Hooking
13:41Kariya, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
St. Louis113418
Carolina1451736
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Chris Mason60:00342
Cam Ward59:44134
Game Information
Attendance - 15549
Referees - Marc Joannette, Dean Morton
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Dan Schachte
 
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NYR 1 Final
NYI 3
Ott 4 Final
Fla 3
Colo 3 Final
Cal 2
Mon 1 Final
Pitt 6
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OT
Dal 4
LA 1 Final
SJ 2
Pho 4 Final
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