Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/17/11

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a break in their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Blues defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Backes scored twice, Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots and the St. Louis Blues beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Thursday night. Chris Porter had his first goal of the season and Kris Russell added his second with St. Louis as the Blues finished a 4-0-1 homestand under new coach Ken Hitchcock, off to the best start in club history. Leo Boivin (1976) and Jacques Demers (1984) each started 4-1. The Panthers, who lead the NHL in road wins with seven, had their four-game road winning streak snapped. They got a goal from Mike Santorelli and 28 saves from Jose Theodore. Two turnovers led to a pair of first-period goals. Backes beat Theodore with a shot from the slot 6:04 into the game after picking off Brian Campbell's outlet pass. Santorelli turned Jason Arnott's turnover into a goal for the Panthers, picking off the veteran's outlet pass himself and beating Halak from the left circle with a quick snap shot 13:07 into the game. The Blues lost veteran center Scott...
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