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Mason and Blues top Islanders in shootout

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored shootout goals to lift the surging St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

St. Louis won for the sixth time in seven games and moved into 10th place in the Western Conference by improving to 3-1 on a six-game trip. The Blues, who began the night six points behind eighth-place Calgary, leapfrogged idle Dallas with 16 games remaining.

Patrik Berglund scored the tying goal for the Blues in the second period after Matt Moulson staked New York to the lead in the closing seconds of the first. St. Louis had chances to win in regulation, but failed to convert on three power plays in the third, including one that carried 20 seconds into overtime.

The Blues then killed Barret Jackman's boarding penalty in the extra session.

Chris Mason, playing in a ninth straight game, stopped 29 Islanders shots. New York backup Martin Biron made 35 saves in his fourth outing in nine games.

Mason turned aside Frans Nielsen and Moulson in the shootout.

New York dropped its fourth straight following an impressive win over Chicago after the Olympic break. The Islanders, who finished with the NHL's worst record last season, have fallen to 14th place in the Eastern Conference after a promising start. They are only slightly ahead of last-place Toronto, which will visit Long Island on Sunday.

The Blues came off a 7-3 loss on Saturday at Colorado that snapped their season-best, five-game winning streak and at least temporarily slowed a desperate playoff push. St. Louis is 19-10-4 on the road this season, its most away wins since earning 27 in the 1999-2000 season.

The Islanders mustered very little offense in the first, but finished the frame with the lead on Moulson's goal with 9.4 seconds left.

While Matt D'Agostini was off for roughing, Mark Streit flipped a pass from the left point into the slot to Moulson, who one-timed a changeup of a shot that seemed to fool Mason. Moulson's team-leading 24th goal, scored on New York's sixth shot, came with about 3 seconds left in the power play.

The Blues shook off the rust that built up since their previous game on Saturday and got even with Berglund's power-play goal 6:24 into the second. Andy McDonnell let go a shot that Berglund deftly deflected in the slot and passed Biron for his 11th of the season. Berglund stretched his career-best point streak to six games.

New York nearly netted a fluke goal in the third when the puck took a funny bounce and caromed in front. Sean Bergenheim faced an open net but fired a shot over the top.

NOTES: Berglund has four goals and eight points in his past 11 games. ... The Blues didn't allow a power-play goal in their previous three games (14 for 14) and had killed 29 of 31 advantages on the road before Moulson's goal. ... Islanders C Rob Schremp moved around Nassau Coliseum on crutches two days after sustaining a season-ending knee injury against Philadelphia.

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