Blues Kill Penalties, Defeat Red Wings

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues’ penalty kill got a workout Tuesday night against the visiting Detroit Red Wings. The Blues successfully killed six penalties (one of which was a five-minute major) to beat Detroit 2-1.

Brian Elliott started in goal for the Blues after shutting out the Lightning Saturday night. Elliott stopped 21 of 22 shots. After letting in a fluke first period goal off of Drew Miller’s stick, Elliott was perfect.

Matt D’Agostini tied the game on a first period Blues power play. Kevin Shattenkirk slid the puck low to Patrik Berglund in the slot. Berglund could not get off the shot, but D’Agostini scooped up the puck off Berglund’s stick and ripped it past Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard.

The second period was great for the Blues, but sloppy for the Red Wings. Just past the halfway mark, Johan Franzen executed a bad pass through his own zone that was picked off by Alex Steen. Though stopped on a point blank shot earlier, Steen did not miss twice, beating Howard stick side to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.

The Red Wings could not overcome the one-goal deficit. In the final five minutes of the third, the Wings took three penalties. With less than two minutes left, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Lidstrom took penalties, eliminating two of the Wings’ best players, and granting the Blues a five on three powerplay to end the game.

Chris Stewart was ejected from the game in the first period after shoving Niklas Kronwall into the boards head-first. The team killed a subsequent penalty, but whether or not Stewart will face supplemental discipline is as yet undetermined. Brendan Shanahan will evaluate the hit and make a decision.

The Blues wrap up a five-game homestand Thursday night against the Florida Panthers. The game airs at 7 p.m. CST on Fox Sports Midwest.

Blue Notes

  • Alex Steen scored against Detroit for the first time in his career.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is hot. He has nine points in his last nine games.
  • Mike Matheny, Tony La Russa’s replacement as St. Louis Cardinals manager, dropped the ceremonial first puck between David Backes and Niklas Lidstrom.
  • Vladimir Sobotka continues to fly under the radar, but makes things happen.  He’s slotted on a line with Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner, and generated numerous chances for both his linemates Tuesday night.
  • Tuesday marked the Blues 49th straight sell-out at Scottrade Center.
  •  Elliott’s updated stats following Tuesday’s game:
    • GAA: 1.43 (1st in NHL)
    • Sv.%: .947 (2nd in NHL)
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