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Miami Marlins baseball team owner Jeffrey Loria, left, watches as Giancarlo Stanton discusses his record $325 million, 13-year contract at a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Miami. The contract is the most lucrative for an American athlete and the longest in baseball history. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Miami Marlins baseball team owner Jeffrey Loria, left, watches as Giancarlo Stanton discusses his record $325 million, 13-year contract at a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Miami. The contract is the most lucrative for an American athlete and the longest in baseball history. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yankees President Randy Levine offered a succinct response when asked what he thought about the Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton breaking the record for richest contract that had been held by Alex Rodriguez for more than 13 years until last spring.

“Thank God,” Levine said, laughing. “Thank God.”

Not all executives are quite so pleased.

As baseball executives gathered for two days of owners meetings in Kansas City, the flurry of pricy contracts that have already been offered this offseason was a topic of conversation.

Along with Stanton’s record-setting $325 million, 13-year pact with Miami, the Blue Jays gave catcher Russell Martin an $82 million, five-year deal, and the Athletics agreed to give Billy Butler a $30 million, three-year deal to become their first baseman and designated hitter.

More huge contracts are on the way.

Outfielder Nelson Cruz, third basemen Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are still on the market, and that’s before you even get to starting pitchers Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields.

“There’s just been a couple of signings, special players. I think it’s too early to draw any conclusions,” said Levine, whose Yankees still owe Rodriguez $61 million over the final three years of the $275 million, 10-year deal the third baseman signed in December 2007.

Levine said organizations have to decide for themselves how best to build their rosters. In the case of Miami, owner Jeffrey Loria decided to build around Stanton, a once-in-a-generation star.

“Every team has to make a decision based on where they are at the time, where they are at the moment,” Levine said. “This is a great player. I think Jeffrey stood up, the Marlins stood up, and both of them are pleased with it. Good for them.”

Not necessarily good for the game, though.

Kevin Brown was the first player to break the $100 million barrier in 1998, and Rodriguez became the first to top $200 million just two years later. But while escalation had seemingly slowed – it took 14 more years to produce baseball’s first $300 million man – that doesn’t change the fact that franchises are passing out record-setting contracts.

“I am really surprised,” Royals owner David Glass said, “and it’s not just Stanton. He’s a great young man and a great player. But I don’t understand how teams are going to be able to do this and do it within their economics, but we’ll see. They obviously know what they’re doing.”

The small-market Royals, who won their first AL pennant in 29 years, ended the regular season 19th in payroll at $92.7 million. That was far below the $255.9 million payroll of the Dodgers.

Might the Royals, in need of a starting pitcher and designated hitter, be tempted to chase their own big-money free agent, and nudge their payroll north of $100 million for the first time?

“I think if someone has a specific need and a specific player that fills that need, jump out there and do it,” Glass said, chuckling at the notion the Royals might ever reach $150 million. “But otherwise, there are a lot of deals that will be done that no one has even thought of yet.”

The Royals were mindful of their budget when they declined Butler’s $12 million option for next season, and he became a free agent for the first time. They remained in contact with their longtime DH, but were unwilling to offer the kind of money on the table the A’s made available.

“We’ve been an organization that has jumped out early on some players in the past. Sometimes their contracts look good in January, sometimes they don’t,” Kansas City GM Dayton Moore said. “You deal with the information you have in front of you. We all know hindsight is 20-20.”

That is certainly true for the Yankees, who likely have a much different opinion these days of the deal they lavished on Rodriguez. Will the same be true for the Marlins and baseball’s other big spenders when they have a chance to look back at this offseason?

“We’re looking to see where everything goes,” Levine said. “It’s still early.”

Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough (32) rushes 45 yards for a touchdown against Texas A&M during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough (32) rushes 45 yards for a touchdown against Texas A&M during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It’s a sense of humor often accompanied by a sly smile that teammates seem to love about Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough.

“He’s just the guy who sits in the corner and says something once every blue moon, but it’s funny as all get-out,” receiver Bud Sasser said.

His performance on the field has been no laughing matter. Last Saturday at Texas A&M, Hansbrough was all business as he ran 20 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 win. After growing up in Arlington, Texas, the junior saved the best performance of his career for his homecoming.

There to see it were his parents, Doug and Janice Hansbrough.

“It was great, because my mom, she came out really smiling and happy for me,” Hansbrough said with a grin of his own. “My dad, too. Normally he doesn’t show any emotion – he showed a lot after the game.”

Hansbrough’s efforts highlighted a 587-yard output by the 19th-ranked Tigers, including 335 on the ground. Missouri (8-2, 5-1 SEC) entered the game averaging 330.1 yards – 13th in the SEC – including just 250.2 against five conference opponents.

In response, coach Gary Pinkel and offensive coordinator Josh Henson decided to slow the tempo of the offense and simplify the playbook, opting to run more to use up time.

It finally clicked against Texas A&M, which allows an SEC-worst 445.2 yards per game. Missouri’s offensive line bullied the Aggies, and Hansbrough took advantage for touchdown runs of 49 and 45 yards.

“I knew the offense was going to break through at some point,” linebacker Michael Scherer said. “It was only a matter of time. It’s cool to see, because a lot of people were down on them earlier in the year. I just hope they keep it rolling.”

Hansbrough ran just 19 yards on 15 carries against Kentucky on Nov. 1 before a week off, and said his latest performance provided a boost of confidence. At 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, he admits to not trusting his speed at times as he runs through gaps in the offensive line.

“I thought he really had a purpose with how he was running the football,” Henson said. “He carried the pile a few times – he’s a tough little guy. I was just really excited to see him respond and be aggressive in his running style.”

Both Hansbrough and senior Marcus Murphy, who ran 20 times for 88 yards last week, showed no ill effects from their workload. The goal is to keep each below 25 carries, Henson said, and substitute freshman Ish Witter in as necessary.

For his part, Hansbrough feels “100 percent” after experiencing nagging knee, shoulder and toe injuries through his career. Now with 790 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the season, he claims to not look at his statistics so he can stay “level-headed,” an approach taught to him by Murphy and former teammate Henry Josey.

The Tigers will need to emulate that approach if they want to capture a second consecutive SEC East championship. To do so, they must win at Tennessee (5-5, 2-4), which blew out Kentucky 50-16 last week behind quarterback Joshua Dobbs, and at home against Arkansas.

“All of them know what’s going on,” Pinkel said. “You’ve got to keep yourself focused. There are opportunities out there, but there is no margin for error.”

Oral Roberts' Obi Emegano, right, loses control of the ball as Missouri's Wes Clark, left, and Namon Wright defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Oral Roberts’ Obi Emegano, right, loses control of the ball as Missouri’s Wes Clark, left, and Namon Wright defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Asked if good shooting is contagious, Johnathan Williams III sheepishly said, “I guess so.”

The Missouri forward added a smile, which also proved easily transmittable to teammates Montaque Gill-Caesar and Wes Clark sitting alongside him in the media room after a 78-64 win against Oral Roberts on Wednesday night.

The Tigers (2-1) shot 25 of 49 from the field, including 12 of 21 from beyond the arc. The team converted 12 of 19 overall attempts in the second half, and Gill-Caesar’s 3-pointer with 12:40 remaining started a stretch where seven of eight baskets came from long range.

After a season-opening 69-61 loss to Missouri-Kansas City and a 56-41 win against Valparaiso, first-year coach Kim Anderson said his young team needed to see some shots go in.

“I think they’ve been freaked out,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any question. That’s why I wanted something good to happen. It was a great wake-up call, but then you’ve got to continue to build on it. I thought tonight was a pretty good step.”

Gill-Caesar finished with 19 points, Clark added 14 points and nine assists and Williams III scored 10.

The second-half outburst surprised Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton, who said he’s never seen a better offensive performance in a half. The Golden Eagles (1-1) led for most of the first 27 minutes before Missouri scored six consecutive points to take a 58-52 advantage with 10:51 remaining.

An 8-0 Tigers run capped by a 3-pointer by Deuce Bello with 3 minutes left gave them a 73-62 lead, and Oral Roberts would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

The Golden Eagles’ Obi Emegano scored a career-high 30 points while Korey Billbury added eight points and 10 rebounds.

The teams combined for 49 fouls and 64 free throws, but despite the game’s slow pace both schools shot over 40 percent. Oral Roberts converted 13 of its 20 shots from the field in the first half, including its first eight attempts, but made only 5 of 24 in the closing 20 minutes.

Foul trouble sidelined Emegano’s torrid start as he scored 18 points in the opening 7 minutes before collecting two fouls in the following 30 seconds. He sat out the remainder of the half and scored 12 after the break, but never could match his early pace.

“I should have put him back in the game the way he was playing,” Sutton said. “He was playing at such a high level. . He’s too good. He’s too smart.”

TIP-INS

Oral Roberts: The Golden Eagles were picked to finish third in the Summit League preseason poll by coaches, staff and media. The team returned to the conference after playing its last two seasons in the Southland Conference.

Missouri: Freshman Jakeenan Gant missed his third consecutive game while the school reviews his eligibility.

UP NEXT

Oral Roberts plays at Oregon State on Friday.

Missouri plays Arizona on Monday in the EA Sports Maui Invitational in Hawaii.

TOP FRESHMAN

Gill-Caesar now leads Missouri with 16.3 points per game as one of four freshmen to receive playing time. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound guard from Vaughan, Ontario, attended high school at Huntington Prep in West Virginia for new Missouri assistant Rob Fulford.

He finished with 5-of-11 shooting from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

FREE THROWS

Despite being the larger team, the Tigers only outrebounded Oral Roberts 32-31 and converted eight fewer free throws.

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“I thought he was going to score like 70,” Anderson said about Emegano. “I didn’t know how we were going to stop him. Fortunately, he got into foul trouble and that slowed him down a little bit.”

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have added catcher Cody Stanley to the 40-man roster and released outfielder Shane Robinson.

St. Louis also sent right-hander Keith Butler outright to Triple-A Memphis in moves announced Wednesday. The Cardinals have four spots open on the 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old Stanley batted .283 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs in 103 games at Double-A Springfield last season with 13 steals. He threw out 42 percent of attempted base stealers and was a Texas League All-Star.

A left-handed batter, Stanley hit .292 with 12 RBIs in 21 games during the just-completed Arizona Fall League season.

Robinson, 30, ended the season on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. He batted .150 with four RBIs in 60 at-bats.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Marshall scored 13 points and led six Missouri State players in double figures as the Bears coasted to an 87-39 win over Avila on Wednesday night.

Marshall played just 16 minutes but hit 4 of 6 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Austin Ruder contributed 12 points, Robin Thompson and Ron Mvouika had 11 points each, while Loomis Gerring and Camyn Boone had 10 apiece for Missouri State (2-0), which won by its largest margin since a 106-54 win over Evansville in 2007.

Thompson scored 10 of his 11 in the second half, going 7 of 9 from the free-throw line. The Bears outrebounded Avila 51-19 and scored 27 points off of turnovers.

Avila, an NAIA team, was led by Bradley Reed, who scored 12 points and Sedrick Johnson, who had 11.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Martez Harrison had 13 points and 11 assists, Shayok Shayok had 13 points and nine rebounds and Missouri-Kansas City defeated Missouri S&T 90-77 on Wednesday night.

Broderick Newbill led the Kangaroos (2-1) with 14 points and Frank Williams Jr. came off the bench to score 13 as 12 different players scored.

B.J. McLaughlin led the Division II Miners (1-2) with 17 points and reserves Zachary Ellis and Danylo Zuikov had 15 and 13, respectively.

Kansas City, which led 51-39 at the half, shot 53.4 percent but the Miners stayed in it despite 29 turnovers by hitting 10 of 21 3-pointers and posting a 39-35 rebounding edge. The Kangaroos had 24 turnovers.

Deshon Taylor scored the last five points of the first half to get the lead to double figures. The Miners were within 10 with 7:21 to play but Shayok had six points in an 8-0 run to decide matters.

(West Plains) – A strong total team effort helped the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team pick up a key 82-70 win on the road Tuesday evening, Nov. 18, against Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma.

“This was a great team road win,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said. “We had different guys step up both offensively and defensively in different parts of the game. Since we’re pretty young, I’m not sure these guys know what they accomplished. Redlands soundly defeated the 15th ranked team in the nation on the road and really hadn’t been touched since. We went to their place and held them to their lowest point total of the season.”

The game stayed tight in the first half. Neither team led by more than 5 points in the half, and the lead changed 12 times during the period before they knotted the score at 39-39 at halftime. Although Redlands jumped out to an early lead in the second half, a 3-point shot by freshman forward Terrel Martin-Garcia put the Grizzlies up 45-44 at the 17:42 mark, and the Grizzlies continued build their advantage for the remainder of the game, using great defense to shut down Redlands’ scoring for nine minutes during the period.

“We held a team averaging 95 points a game scoreless for nine minutes of the second half. That’s a huge accomplishment for any team at any level,” Walker said. “We didn’t play poorly in the first half, but they were playing with a lot of confidence. We had to weather that storm, and we did.”

The Grizzlies’ ability to score in transition and off second chance points played a key role in the win. The Grizzlies scored 14 points in transition compared to Redlands’ 2 and 20 second chance points to Redlands’ 6.

“We had a lot more success than they did in transition and in second chance points,” Walker said. “We told the team before the game that we had to keep them out of transition, and we had to limit their second chance points. We did a good job at both and were able to put together a great win.”

Overall, the Grizzlies hit 26 of 64 shots from the field for 40.6 percent, eight of 27 3-point attempts for 29.6 percent and 22 of 28 free throws for 78.6 percent. They also had 40 rebounds (13 offensive), 13 assists, 17 turnovers, eight blocks and 12 steals.

Leading the way was sophomore guard Jameel Moore, who had 22 points, two rebounds and four assists. Martin-Garcia had 19 points, nine rebounds (two offensive), one assist and two blocks. Freshman guard Chris Kouakou added 11 points. Also noteworthy were the blocks made by freshman forward Ngor Barnaba and sophomore forward Desmond Rorie, both of whom had two.

Redlands connected on 26 of 67 attempts from the field for 37.3 percent, nine of 26 3-point attempts for 34.6 percent and 11 of 20 free throws for 55 percent. The team also recorded 37 rebounds (15 offensive), 16 assists and 18 turnovers. Leading scorers were Jerry Owens with 18 points, and Daniel Hurtt 11.

The Grizzlies return to the road Saturday, Nov. 22, to face Eastern Oklahoma State College in a 3 p.m. contest in Wilburton. “We have to keep pushing forward,” Walker said. “We have a tough Eastern Oklahoma team on Saturday. Our fans will remember their coach, Scott Edgar, from his days as the head coach at Southeast Missouri State University and as an assistant at the University of Arkansas when Nolan Richardson was the head coach.”.

A strong total team effort helped the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team pick up a key 82-70 win on the road Tuesday evening, Nov. 18, against Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma.

“This was a great team road win,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.  “We had different guys step up both offensively and defensively in different parts of the game.  Since we’re pretty young, I’m not sure these guys know what they accomplished.  Redlands soundly defeated the 15th ranked team in the nation on the road and really hadn’t been touched since.  We went to their place and held them to their lowest point total of the season.”

The game stayed tight in the first half.  Neither team led by more than 5 points in the half, and the lead changed 12 times during the period before they knotted the score at 39-39 at halftime.  Although Redlands jumped out to an early lead in the second half, a 3-point shot by freshman forward Terrel Martin-Garcia put the Grizzlies up 45-44 at the 17:42 mark, and the Grizzlies continued build their advantage for the remainder of the game, using great defense to shut down Redlands’ scoring for nine minutes during the period.

“We held a team averaging 95 points a game scoreless for nine minutes of the second half.  That’s a huge accomplishment for any team at any level,” Walker said.  “We didn’t play poorly in the first half, but they were playing with a lot of confidence.  We had to weather that storm, and we did.”

The Grizzlies’ ability to score in transition and off second chance points played a key role in the win.  The Grizzlies scored 14 points in transition compared to Redlands’ 2 and 20 second chance points to Redlands’ 6.

“We had a lot more success than they did in transition and in second chance points,” Walker said.  “We told the team before the game that we had to keep them out of transition, and we had to limit their second chance points.  We did a good job at both and were able to put together a great win.”

Overall, the Grizzlies hit 26 of 64 shots from the field for 40.6 percent, eight of 27 3-point attempts for 29.6 percent and 22 of 28 free throws for 78.6 percent.  They also had 40 rebounds (13 offensive), 13 assists, 17 turnovers, eight blocks and 12 steals.

Leading the way was sophomore guard Jameel Moore, who had 22 points, two rebounds and four assists.  Martin-Garcia had 19 points, nine rebounds (two offensive), one assist and two blocks.  Freshman guard Chris Kouakou added 11 points.  Also noteworthy were the blocks made by freshman forward Ngor Barnaba and sophomore forward Desmond Rorie, both of whom had two.

Redlands connected on 26 of 67 attempts from the field for 37.3 percent, nine of 26 3-point attempts for 34.6 percent and 11 of 20 free throws for 55 percent.  The team also recorded 37 rebounds (15 offensive), 16 assists and 18 turnovers.  Leading scorers were Jerry Owens with 18 points, and Daniel Hurtt 11.

The Grizzlies return to the road Saturday, Nov. 22, to face Eastern Oklahoma State College in a 3 p.m. contest in Wilburton.  “We have to keep pushing forward,” Walker said.  “We have a tough Eastern Oklahoma team on Saturday.  Our fans will remember their coach, Scott Edgar, from his days as the head coach at Southeast Missouri State University and as an assistant at the University of Arkansas when Nolan Richardson was the head coach.”

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball program, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb.htm or call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.  Complete game statistics can be found at http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/2014-15/div1/teams/missouristateuniversitywestplains.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler runs to third as he advances on an Alex Gordon single in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent designated hitter Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night, Nov. 18, 2014, because the A's had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga. File)

FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals’ Billy Butler runs to third as he advances on an Alex Gordon single in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent designated hitter Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night, Nov. 18, 2014, because the A’s had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga. File)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Free agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the A’s had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. Butler would provide a right-handed bat with power who can also play first base.

Butler helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought. In the postseason opener, they rallied late to eliminate Oakland in the AL wild-card game. Butler contributed two hits and two RBIs.

After losing to the San Francisco Giants in seven games, the Royals declined their $12.5 million option on Butler for next season, making the 2012 All-Star a free agent for the first time in his eight-year career.

The Royals, who selected Butler with the 14th overall pick in the 2004 draft, owed him a $1 million buyout.

The blog MLB Daily Rumors first reported his deal with the A’s earlier Tuesday.

Oakland used several players at first base this year, including catcher Stephen Vogt when he was dealing with a foot injury that required surgery after the season.

A steady and productive hitter for most of his career, the 28-year-old Butler is coming off a down season. He batted .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs in 151 games this year, 108 of those as a DH.

Before that, he played at least 158 games in each of the five previous years, including all 162 in 2013.

Butler’s best season was 2012, when he batted .313 with 29 homers and 107 RBIs. He made the All-Star team that year, when the game was played in Kansas City.

He dropped off to 15 homers and 82 RBIs in 2013, then struggled at the plate this year. As the Royals chased a playoff berth during the stretch run, he was regularly held out by manager Ned Yost in late September.

Once the Royals qualified for the playoffs, though, Butler returned to the lineup.

In his first postseason, he hit .262 (11 for 42) with eight RBIs, three doubles and a stolen base in 13 games as Kansas City won its first pennant since 1985.

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, makes a save on a shot by St. Louis Blues left wing Joakim Lindstrom (10), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Rask shut out the Blues in a 2-0 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, makes a save on a shot by St. Louis Blues left wing Joakim Lindstrom (10), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Rask shut out the Blues in a 2-0 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins were content being outshot by nearly a 2-to-1 ratio against St. Louis.

The Bruins focused on defense, forcing the Blues outside for shots that Tuukka Rask saw clearly and had no trouble stopping in a 2-0 win Tuesday night.

Rask made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season, which came against a Blues team that had won 10 of 11.

“You’re always going to get little ups and downs during the games, but for the most part we kept things tight and played a good game,” said Rask, who didn’t leave many rebound opportunities. “Whenever we play defense like that and keep them on the outside for the most part, it makes my job easier and I expect to make those saves. That was my job.”

Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, who ended a six-game home losing streak against the Blues. Boston hadn’t won at home against the Blues since Jan. 30, 2001.

“We have to realize that for a long time now, every team was ready to play us,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “This is a good team to measure ourselves up against. So those are easier games to get up for. We’ve been on the other side of that, where we’ve seen every team come hard at us in the past, and that’s what we face.”

Brian Elliott made 15 saves for St. Louis, which outshot Boston 33-17 but was outplayed by the Bruins.

“They kept us on the perimeter all night. I know we had a lot of shots on goal, but we weren’t really a threat,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We were trying to make the extra play all night, rather than pound it in and look for the grease goal.”

Bergeron scored 5:45 into the game after Matt Fraser forced a turnover with Elliott caught behind the net. The Blues’ pass went right to Bergeron at the side and he one-timed the puck into the net as Elliott scrambled to get back into position.

While the goal was unassisted, Bergeron credited Fraser for setting up the play with his forechecking.

“He was solid from the first shift on and made some great plays. He uses his feet a lot and it definitely works to his advantage,” Bergeron said. “He caused a turnover and I was lucky enough to get the puck there.”

That stood as the only goal until Krug made it 2-0 on a wrist shot that deflected off Blues defenseman Ian Cole’s hip and got past Elliott with 8:29 left in the second period. Loui Eriksson and Matt Bartkowski got assists, and Bartkowski added a great defensive play with just under 2 minutes left in the period.

Vladimir Tarasenko split two Boston players inside the blue line and was headed in alone on Rask when Bartkowski recovered with a diving sweep from behind. Bartkowski knocked away the puck without touching Tarasenko, who leads St. Louis with 10 goals.

Bergeron had a chance at an empty-net goal with 2:01 left but was hooked by Paul Stastny. While the penalty likely saved St. Louis from another goal, it left the Blues short-handed for the remainder of the game.