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Blues move into first

January 10, 2014 18:26:09 UK

Valdimir Tarasenko was on target for the Blues in the win against the Flames.

The St. Louis Blues joined the Chicago Blackhawks atop the Central Division on Thursday with a 5-0 shut out of the Flames in Calgary.

Chris Stewart, Vladimir Sobotka, Ian Cole, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko all lit the lamp for the visitors at the Scotiabank Saddledome with Jaroslav Halak stopping all 33 shots that he faced in the Blues net. It’s now onto the Rogers Arena in Vancouver for St. Louis who can move into sole possession of first place in the Division with a point against the Canucks.

Chicago is back on the ice on Saturday when they head up to the Bell Centre in Montreal to take on the Canadiens. Montreal lost last time out but continues to stalk the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division.

Down in the Pacific Division the Anaheim Ducks continued their winning ways with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators. The Ducks, who own the best record in the league, have now lost once in the past 16 games last tasting defeat four days after Christmas to the Sharks in San Jose on the front end of a home and home series between the two rivals.

San Jose was back in the win column on Thursday with a 4-1 defeat of the visiting Detroit Red Wings at the SAP Center to complete a season sweep. Joe Pavelski scored twice and Andrew Desjardins and Dan Boyle also beat Jimmy Howard in the Detroit net for the hosts who now await the visit of the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

The Blues areĀ 7.00 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Blackhawks can be backed at 7.50.

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