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Backes' 2 Goals Lead Blues Over Slumping Rangers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Backes scored twice, and the unbeaten St. Louis Blues

beat the slumping New York Rangers 5-3 on Saturday night.

The Blues, who haven't trailed at all this season, are 4-0 for the first time

in franchise history.

Derek Roy, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko added goals for St. Louis,

which has outscored its opponents 19-7.

Ryan Callahan scored twice for the Rangers (1-4), and Brad Richards added his

team-leading fourth goal. New York, which has four games left on a

season-opening, nine-game trip, has lost three in a row by a combined score of


St. Louis scored four times on its first 17 shots against backup goalie

Martin Biron, who was making his first start of the season. Biron was pulled

after the second period in favor of regular netminder Henrik Lundqvist.  Biron stopped 13 of 17 shots. Lundqvist allowed one goal on 17 shots.

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