Blues 4, Capitals 3, SO

David Perron scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the

St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over Washington on Saturday night,

sending the Capitals into the Olympic break on a down note.

Chris Mason stopped Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas

Backstrom and Brendan Morrison in the shootout and had 31 saves in

regulation for the Blues.

Jose Theodore made saves against Patrik Berglund, T.J. Oshie and

Brad Boyes before Perron connected on a backhander in the fourth

round to end it.

Mike Knuble had two goals for the Capitals, who pulled one point

ahead of San Jose for the overall NHL lead with 90 points. But

Washington has lost three in a row following a 14-game winning

streak, with one of the losses in overtime.