February 26th, 2024

NHL roundup: Merzlikins stops 21 shots, Blue Jackets blank hot Blues 1-0

By The Associated Press on January 30, 2024.

St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) looks to pass as Columbus Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski (8) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Dmitri Voronkov scored early in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped the St. Louis Blues’ season-high five-game winning streak with a 1-0 National Hockey League victory on Tuesday night.

Voronkov buried a one-timer off a feed from Zach Werenski on an odd-man rush at 4:11 of the third. Elvis Merzlikins made 21 saves for his 10th career shutout and first in 95 games since blanking Carolina in January 2022.

It was also Columbus’ first shutout since that game.

Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for the Blues, who lost both meetings with the Blue Jackets this season.

Elsewhere in the NHL on Tuesday:

SHARKS 2 KRAKEN 0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Marc-Edouard Vlasic broke a scoreless tie with 12:33 remaining and Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves as San Jose beat Seattle.

Jan Rutta added an empty-net goal for the Sharks, who have won four of five to move two points ahead of Chicago at the bottom of the NHL standings.

Blackwood earned his first shutout since December 2021 with New Jersey. It was San Jose’s first shutout of the season.

Joey Daccord stopped 20 shots in defeat.

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