COLUMBUS – Less than 24 hours after securing a 4-1 home victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the St. Louis Blues hoped to repeat Sunday evening on the road. And repeat, they would.
The Blues’ game was plagued with penalties Sunday evening, but goaltender Jaroslav Halak was nearly perfect, stopping 33 of 34 shots to win his eighth straight, and the Blues’ fifth in a row. Halak and backup Blue Brian Elliott now lead the NHL in Goals Against Average and Save Percentage, occupying the top two spots in the league.
After a scoreless first, Patrik Berglund got the Blues on the board with his 15th of the season at 1:09 of the second. The Blues’ lead was short-lived, however, as Mark Letestu netted his eighth of the year just over halfway through the second to knot the score at one.
The teams headed into the third period tied at 1. David Perron put the Blues on top with a wicked wrist shot from a tough angle early in the third. Despite significant pressure and a reviewed play where the Jackets missed pushing the puck over the goal line by inches, the Blues hung on to win. The Blues swept their weekend series against the Jackets, snapping Columbus’s four game winning streak established prior to their home-and-home split with St. Louis.
This game also saw the return of injured forward Jamie Langenbrunner, who was activated after missing 10 games due to a broken foot. The Blues are still without forwards Matt D’Agostini and Alex Steen and defenseman Kris Russell. All three have missed significant time with concussions. D’Agostini and Russell are expected to play sometime on this roadtrip.
St. Louis now sits at the top of the Western Conference with 97 points. The Blues travel to Chicago to take on divisional rival Blackhawks Tuesday. The game starts at 7:30 PM CST and will air on Fox Sports Midwest (FSM).