Alex Pietrangelo scored a pair of goals, Jaroslav Halak stopped all 25 he faced shots and the St. Louis Blues continued their strong home play with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
David Perron had a power-play goal and Andy McDonald added an assist in his long awaited return for the Blues, who won their fourth in a row overall and remained unbeaten in regulation in their past 19 games at Scottrade Center (16-0-3).
Halak stopped seven shots in the first period, 11 in the second and seven in the third for his 22nd career shutout. It was also his sixth of the season, tying him for league lead.
The first-place Sharks were done in by untimely penalties as their 16-night, 7,750-mile road trip got off to a rough start.
Pietrangelo opened the scoring with 4:57 left in the first period. The Blues took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play with Brent Burns and Andrew Desjardins in the box. Pietrangelo skated unguarded out near the blue line when he unleashed a low snap shot that beat a screened Antti Niemi.
Another pair of penalties resulted in a second 5-on-3 goal at 17:16 of the second. After Niemi made a diving save of Pietrangelo’s initial shot, Perron was right there at the doorstep to clean up for his 10th goal of the season.
Pietrangelo added the clincher as he flung the puck into an empty net in the waning minutes to help the Blues remain perfect in three games against the Sharks this season.
San Jose entered as one of the NHL’s top power-play units but went 0 for 4 with the man advantage. Niemi finished with 25 saves in the loss.
McDonald played in his first game since suffering a concussion on Oct. 13. The veteran center logged 16 minutes of ice time.