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Steen, Polak help Blues beat Rangers

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New York Rangers' Artem Anisimov, right, of Russia, tries to control a puck as St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason, left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson New York Rangers' Artem Anisimov, right, of Russia, tries to control a puck as St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason, left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Blues' Jay McClement (18) and New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto chase a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. The Blues won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Blues' Jay McClement (18) and New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto chase a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. The Blues won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan, left, goes flying after colliding with St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan, left, goes flying after colliding with St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie, left, tries to get a shot off as New York Rangers goalie Chad Johnson defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie, left, tries to get a shot off as New York Rangers goalie Chad Johnson defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Blues' David Perron, right, brings a puck down the ice as New York Rangers' Marc Staal defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. The Blues won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Blues' David Perron, right, brings a puck down the ice as New York Rangers' Marc Staal defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in St. Louis. The Blues won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alex Steen and Roman Polak each had a goal and an assist, and Chris Mason made 21 saves to help the St. Louis Blues win their season-best fourth straight game, 4-1 over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

David Perron and David Backes also scored for the Blues, and Keith Tkachuk had two assists. St. Louis improved to 4-2-1 under coach Davis Payne.

Brian Boyle scored for New York, snapping the Rangers' scoring drought at 172 minutes. The Rangers lost their third straight and fourth in five games (1-2-2).

Rookie Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots in a rare start in place of Henrik Lundqvist.

Polak took a feed from Steen and fired a shot from the right point that deflected in off Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi's skate 45 seconds into the third period. It was Polak's third of the season and gave the Blues a 2-1 lead.

Steen raced around the right side and around the net before backhanding a shot off Johnson after taking Polak's pass 8:31 into the third period.

Perron's power-play goal, a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Tkachuk gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 14:07 of the first. It was Perron's 13th of the season.

Steen's shot from the point earlier in the first clanged off the cross bar on the Blues' first power play, preventing the home team from leading by two.

Boyle got his fourth of the season after he stripped Blues defenseman Eric Brewer of the puck behind the Blues' goal, skated in front and put a backhander past Mason at 7:37 of the second to tie it at 1.

Backes added an empty-netter with 12.1 seconds remaining.

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