Backes lifts Blues over Panthers

David Backes scored twice and Jaroslav Halak 1 win over the Florida Panthers.

Chris Porter and Kris Russell each had a goal for the Blues, who improved to 4-0-1 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock, the best start for a new coach in team history.

Mike Santorelli scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who have lost two of three. Jose Thoedore allowed three goals on 30 shots in the loss.