Chad Johnson makes 33 saves to shut out Sharks

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues goalie Chad Johnson swears he was not in a special zone or mindset. The San Jose Sharks might disagree.

Johnson made 33 saves for his first shutout with St. Louis, helping the Blues beat the Sharks 4-0 on Friday night.

“I don’t really think about being locked in or on,” Johnson said. “I don’t think about how I feel. You kind of go out there. You prepare. I prepare the same way every day. I just try to feel the same way or not feel at all.”

Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan O’Reilly, Jaden Schwartz, and Alexander Steen scored. The Blues have won four of five games after winning just two of their first eight to start the season.

“We’re rolling four lines good,” Pietrangelo said. “We’re using everybody in every situation. There just seems to be good jumps, so when every line is getting out there, it seems like there’s a lot of energy.”

Johnson started just his third game of the season, but his second straight. He improved to 2-2-0 with his first shutout since November 2016 with the Calgary Flames.

Also Friday:

Blue Jackets 2, Capitals 1: WASHINGTON — The Columbus Blue Jackets’ NHL-worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in the victory over Washington.

Maple Leafs 6, Devils 1: TORONTO — John Tavares scored his ninth goal of the season and Patrick Marleau had his 600th NHL assist to lead Toronto.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2: DETROIT — Dylan Larkin scored with 5.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Detroit.

Jets 5, Avalanche 2: WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Blake Wheeler had an empty-net goal and four assists in Winnipeg’ victory over Colorado.

Wild 5, Ducks 1: ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mikael Granlund had two goals and an assist as Minnesota swept the Southern California part of its road trip. Minnesota, which defeated Los Angeles 4-1 on Thursday, had a 43-20 advantage in shots.

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