Perron, Halak lead Blue to 5th straight win


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- David Perron broke a tie early in the third period, and Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves to help the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis. The Blues, coming off a 4-1 victory over Columbus on Saturday night in St. Louis, have won nine of 10 to improve to 45-18-7.

Mark Letestu scored for Columbus, which had won four straight games before being swept by the Blues in the weekend series.

Halak made several key pad saves with the Blues holding a one-goal lead. He also made a late diving grab on a loose puck near the goal line with players piled in the crease that was ruled no goal on the ice and upheld by video review.