Johnson gives Sharks the Blues
ST. LOUIS Former Calgary Flames’ goalie Chad Johnson made 33 saves for his first shutout with St. Louis, helping the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 4-0 on Friday night.
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 eight to start the season.
Johnson, who played for the Flames in 2016-17, started just 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 Calgary Flames.
Pietrangelo roofed a shot past goalie Aaron Dell with both teams down a man to open the scoring in the first period. Dell stopped 27 shots.
San Jose lost its second consecutive game and was shutout for the second time this season.
In the second period, O’Reilly buried a feed from Jaden Schwartz for his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Later in the second, Schwartz snapped a four-game scoring drought when he beat Dell on a pass from Tyler Bozak for his second goal of the season. Steen scored his fourth of the season 12:21 into the third period to push the St. Louis lead to 4-0.