Red-hot Blues take care of Capitals

St. Louis, MO ( – Brian Elliott made 24 saves and four St.
Louis Blues scored in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

The goals by Jori Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz, David Backes and Patrik Berglund
helped the Blues to their third consecutive win and a 10-1-0 record in their
last 11 games.

Schwartz, Backes and Berglund each added an assist and Kevin Shattenkirk had
two helpers in the victory.

Joel Ward scored and Justin Peters made 30 saves for the Capitals, who have
dropped two in a row while scoring just one goal over that span.

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin had three shots and was a minus-2 in 20
minutes of ice time.

The Capitals went the whole game without a power play.

Lehtera opened the scoring 9:11 into the game with a one-timer from the slot
off Schwartz’s behind-the-back pass.

Washington tied it on Ward’s long snap shot, which squeaked through Elliott’s
pads 6:38 into the second period, but Schwartz gave the Blues the lead for
good just under six minutes later on a rebound in close off Shattenkirk’s

Backes’ goal 12 seconds into the third came after Peters misplayed a puck
behind the net and was unable to scramble back to the crease in time, and
Berglund capped the scoring with 3:19 remaining.

Game Notes

The Capitals were shut out 1-0 by New Jersey on Friday … The Blues went 4-1
on a five-game homestand and will start a four-game road trip on Tuesday in
Boston … The Capitals continue a three-game road trip on Tuesday against