John­son stymies San Jose

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - NHL - By David Solomon David Solomon is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis goalie Chad John­son swears he wasn’t in a spe­cial zone or mind-set. The Sharks might dis­agree.

John­son made 33 saves for his first shutout with St. Louis, help­ing the Blues beat San Jose 4-0 on Fri­day night.

“I don’t re­ally think about be­ing locked in or on,” John­son said. “I don’t think about how I feel. You kind of go out there. You pre­pare. I pre­pare the same way ev­ery day. I just try to feel the same way or not feel at all.”

Alex Pi­etrangelo, Ryan O’Reilly, Jaden Schwartz, and Alexan­der Steen scored. The Blues have won four of five games af­ter win­ning just two of their first nine.

“We’re rolling four lines good,” Pi­etrangelo said. “We’re us­ing every­body in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. There just seems to be good jumps, so when ev­ery line is get­ting out there, it seems like there’s a lot of en­ergy.”

John­son started his third game of the sea­son, but his sec­ond straight. He im­proved to 2-2-0 with his first shutout since No­vem­ber 2016 with the Flames.

“We’ve kind of been leav­ing our goalies out to dry,” Pi­etrangelo said. “They’ll make the first save. It’s our job to take care of the sec­ond ones. We’re do­ing a great job right now tak­ing care of them.”

Pi­etrangelo roofed a shot past goalie Aaron Dell with both teams down a man to open the scor­ing in the first pe­riod. Dell al­lowed four goals on 31 shots to fall to 1-2-2.

“It’s been hor­ri­ble,” Sharks cen­ter Lo­gan Cou­ture said about the team’s de­fense. “It’s not just the D-men, it’s for­wards. It’s not good. It’s not good enough in Amer­i­can League level. It’s ugly right now.”

San Jose lost its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game and was shut out for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

“The last two games haven’t been good,” Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said. “We’re not go­ing to make more out of it than it is. We were play­ing some pretty good hockey up un­til the last two games.”

In the sec­ond pe­riod, O’Reilly buried a feed from Jaden Schwartz for his team­lead­ing eighth goal of the sea­son to give him points in a ca­reer-best nine con­sec­u­tive games. He is the first St. Louis player to reg­is­ter a nine-game point streak in his first sea­son with the team since Doug Weight ac­com­plished the feat in Oc­to­ber 2001.

Jeff Rober­son / As­so­ci­ated Press

The Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko col­lides with goal­tender Chad John­son as the Sharks’ Justin Braun fights for the puck. John­son stopped 33 shots in St. Louis’ shutout vic­tory.

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