St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak makes a save during the third period. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Ken Hitchcock improved to 4-0-1, the best start of any coach in franchise history, as the Blues downed the Florida Panthers 4-1 Thursday night at Scottrade Center.

The Blues got two goals from David Backes and one from Chris Porter, his first of the season. Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots to earn his third win of the season.

“We’re sticking to the game plan,” said Halak, who is 2-1-1 with a 1.23 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in his last four outings. “Our PK (3-for-3) was great again tonight.”

For the second game in a row the Blues stopped a team’s four game winning streak. Detroit saw their streak snapped on Tuesday night and the Panthers, with seven road wins this season, also had a four game streak.