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Jamie McLennan stopped 32 shots and rookie Michal Handzus scored his first career goal to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

McLennan, playing in his 100th NHL game, is 4-3-0 since taking over for Grant Fuhr, who suffered a groin injury on Nov. 7.

The Blues are 3-2-1 in their last six games while the Capitals are 2-4 in their last six.

The game was tied 1-1 after the first period on goals by Handzus and Peter Bondra.

Handzus scored his first NHL goal at 2:44 when he fired the puck through the legs of Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig.

The Capitals tied the score on a power-play goal by Peter Bondra at 18:48. Bondra scored his 10th goal on a shot that sailed under McLennan's arm.

Craig Conroy scored the Blues' second goal at 12:47 of the second period. Todd Gill picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and fed it to Scott Young, who passed it to Conroy.

Pierre Turgeon gave the Blues a 3-1 lead when he scored on a power play at 6:28 of the third period. Turgeon scored after taking a pass from behind the goal by Pavol Demitra.

Washington cut the Blues' lead to 3-2 when Richard Zednik scored at 16:13 of the final period. The Capitals had a power play after that goal but could not tie the score. Young scored an empty-net goal at 19:45 for the final margin.

The Capitals were without center Adam Oates, who suffered a strained groin in a 4-0 loss to the Dallas Stars Friday night.

The Capitals outshot the Blues 34-25.

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