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Red-hot Blues down Ducks: NHL West roundup

Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh straight win to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Blue Jackets upset Kings, Stars edge Sharks

Jaroslav Halak, left, and Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues celebrate the victory over the Anaheim Ducks at the Scottrade Center on March 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Blues 3, Ducks 1

Patrik Berglund scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for his career-high seventh straight win to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

St. Louis improved to a league-best 28-4-4 at home with their seventh win in eight games. David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for St. Louis, which is 20-1-3 in its last 24 home games.

The Blues have a league-leading 93 points, marking the first time they have led the NHL in points this late in the season since March 9, 2000.

Corey Perry scored for Anaheim, which has lost four of its last six.

Halak, who improved to 23-10-5, won six in a row from Jan. 3-21. He lost six of his first seven starts.

Berglund ended a 14-game scoring drought with his 14th of the season, snapping a 1-1 tie at 4:47 of the third period. He scored from in front of the net off a pass from Andy McDonald, who has 12 points in his last 14 games.

Shattenkirk pushed the lead to 3-1 just over two minutes later.

Perry scored his 34th of the season for the Ducks, who kicked off a three-game road trip. He converted on wrist shot from the faceoff circle at 4:18 of the second period for his 11th goal in the last 14 games.

Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1

COLUMBUS — Mark Letestu scored twice and Jack Johnson had a goal against his former teammates to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their fourth straight win Thursday night, a 3-1 victory that ended the Los Angeles Kings' three-game winning streak.

It was only the second two-goal game of Letestu's career, the other coming when he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jack Johnson also had a goal in his first game since being traded by the Kings. Steve Mason had 16 saves before he left with an injury, with Curtis Sanford coming on in relief to make 13 stops. Vinny Prospal added two assists.

Anze Kopitar scored a short-handed goal for the Kings.

Predators 4, Avalanche 2

NASHVILLE — Sergei Kostitsyn scored at 19:28 of the second period, and the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Thursday night.

The Predators, coming off their first home loss in regulation since Jan. 5, improved to 18-3-2 in their last 23 home games. Pekka Rinne stopped 15 shots in his NHL-best 37th win.

Mike Fisher and Brandon Yip each scored a goal as Nashville won its sixth straight at home over Colorado. Martin Erat added an empty-netter.

Paul Stastny and Jamie McGinn each had a goal and an assist for Colorado. The Avalanche snapped a two-game winning streak after matching a season-high with seven goals in a 7-1 win Tuesday against Minnesota. Semyon Varlamov had posted shutout wins in his last two road games.

Stars 4, Sharks 3 (SO)

Tomas Vincour scored in the final minute of regulation, and then added the lone goal of the shootout in the fifth round to give the surging Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Kari Lehtonen made 45 saves through overtime and then was perfect in the shootout. He stopped Logan Couture in the final round to seal the win for Dallas.

Vincour gave the Stars the edge in the tiebreaker when he flipped a backhander past Antti Niemi.

Pacific Division-leading Dallas won its fourth straight and improved to 79 points, four ahead of San Jose.

Joe Pavelski put the Sharks in front 3-2 when he pushed a rebound past Lehtonen with 3:32 left in regulation for his 24th goal. But with Lehtonen off for an extra skater, Vincour nudged the puck over the line at 19:45 to tie it. The goal was upheld by video replay.

Wild 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

Dany Heatley scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

After Wild goalie Matt Hackett stopped Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Heatley put a backhand past Jason LaBarbera for the win. LaBarbera made 22 saves.

Hackett took over for Josh Harding, who left with a lower-body injury in the second period.

Kyle Brodziak and Steven Kampfer scored first-period goals for the Wild.

Down 2-0 in the third, Raffi Torres got the Coyotes on the board when he scored at 1:40 with his 11th goal of the season on a pass from defenceman Michael Stone.

Just 1:05 later, Lauri Korpikoski converted a pass from Antoine Vermette for his 15th goal of the season to tie the game.

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