Crombeen, Mason lead Blues

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

ST. LOUIS -- B.J. Crombeen scored the go-ahead goal on a rebound with 5:14 to play, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the punchless New York Rangers on Monday night.

Lauri Korpikoski had the lone goal for the Rangers, who have lost eight of nine while scoring two or fewer goals in all but one. New York is 0-6-1 in its last seven on the road, this time falling to a franchise whose rebuilding job is led by longtime Rangers broadcaster and former goalie John Davidson.

Chris Mason made 19 saves and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Blues, 4-1-2 in their last seven games while trying to inch into playoff contention.

Henrik Lundqvist had 31 saves a day after being yanked in the second period of a loss at Philadelphia. But the Rangers were 0-for-3 on the power play, and are in a 1-for-34 slump overall with the man advantage.

Crombeen had been scoreless for 16 games before beating Lundqvist for his 10th goal.

Lundvquist had to go down to stop a drive by Barret Jackman, and Crombeen skated around the fallen goalie before roofing the puck.

Rangers coach Tom Renney called timeout midway through the second period. It immediately backfired when Colaiacovo roofed a shot from the point off a faceoff, only 2 seconds after play resumed, to put the Blues ahead at 10:27 of the second. Andy McDonald beat Chris Drury on the faceoff to set up Colaiacovo's third goal of the season.

Korpikoski tied it at 16:47, whirling around near the left side of the net and beating Mason with a quick shot off a setup from Ryan Callahan. Korpikoski has three goals and an assist in the last four games.

Notes: Rangers D Paul Mara was scratched after injuring his right

shoulder in a third-period fight with the Flyers' Arron Asham on Sunday. ... Blues D Jay McKee was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. ... F Andy McDonald assisted on the Blues' first goal and has a goal and three assists in four games since returning from a broken left ankle. ... Drury has been limited to three assists the last 12 games, while Scott Gomez has no goals and five assists the last nine games, although he had an assist against the Blues.

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