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Devils shut out by Blues in St. Louis

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 11:10 PM

Associated Press

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Devils shut out by Blues in St. Louis
New Jersey Devils 0, St. Louis Blues 3
Three Stars of the Game
Jaroslav Halak
1st
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 18-18
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Brenden Morrow
2nd
Brenden Morrow
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 12:26
Alexander Steen
3rd
Alexander Steen
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:16

ST. LOUIS -- Alexander Steen gave the St. Louis Blues the early lead and Jaroslav Halak earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Brenden Morrow added a power-play goal midway through the third period and Maxim Lapierre scored into an empty net with 2:08 left. The Blues have won three straight and moved a point ahead of the Blackhawks, who played later at Calgary, for the Central Division lead.

The Blues cleaned up on defense a week after getting whipped 7-1 in New Jersey when Halak surrendered four goals in 14 shots after relieving Brian Elliott. Halak has started all three games since that setback, allowing a total of four goals.

The Devils mustered little offensively three days after losing 7-3 to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. They were shut out for the sixth time, although this was the first time in 35 games.

The Blues are an NHL-best 17-3-1 against the Eastern Conference, and 9-0 at home.

Steen was the NHL's second-leading goal scorer in late December before missing 11 games with a concussion. He's been back six games and has a point in the last five with three goals and four assists.

Halak and Brian Elliott have combined for seven shutouts this season. Halak has won four straight starts with two shutouts this month, and holds the franchise mark with 20 shutouts in four seasons.

Morrow deflected a waist-high shot past Cory Schneider for his eighth goal and first point in nine games, capitalizing on a tripping call against Bryce Salvador.

St. Louis killed off Roman Polak's high-sticking penalty just nine seconds into the game, and then took the lead on Steen's 27th goal at 3:25. Steen scored his 100th goal in six seasons with St. Louis scoring from the slot on an odd-man rush with assists by Jaden Schwartz and David Backes.

Alex Pietrangelo took a holding call foiling a break-in by Stephen Gionta late in the period and, again, the St. Louis penalty killers came through. The Blues' Vladimir Sobotka hit the goal post on an odd-man rush with just under five minutes to go.

The Devils played in St. Louis for the first time since Nov. 20, 2010, a 3-2 Blues victory.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:25
STL
Alexander Steen (27) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (20), David Backes (22)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:42
STL
PPG - Brenden Morrow (8) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (26), Patrik Berglund (13)
2 - 0 STL
17:52
STL
EN - Maxim Lapierre (7) ASST: Magnus Paajarvi (3), Patrik Berglund (14)
3 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:09
STL
Roman Polak  Hi-sticking against  Stephen Gionta
17:12
NJD
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Magnus Paajarvi
2nd Period
15:55
NJD
Ryane Clowe  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
17:50
STL
Alex Pietrangelo  Tripping against  Stephen Gionta
3rd Period
01:21
STL
T.J. Oshie  Hooking against  Adam Henrique
08:00
NJD
Bryce Salvador  Tripping against  Vladimir Tarasenko
14:11
NJD
Damien Brunner  Tripping against  Roman Polak
17:52
STL
Roman Polak  Fighting (maj) against  Ryane Clowe
17:52
NJD
Ryane Clowe  Fighting (maj) against  Roman Polak
19:10
NJD
Steve Bernier  Roughing against  Chris Stewart
19:10
NJD
Steve Bernier  Misconduct (10 min)
19:10
STL
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Steve Bernier
19:10
STL
Maxim Lapierre  Misconduct (10 min)
19:10
STL
Chris Stewart  Roughing against  Steve Bernier
19:10
STL
Chris Stewart  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 24TOI: 59:28
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
23-7-3
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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