February 11, 2016

Blues blanked four times in the shootout, come away with a point against Winnipeg

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Conner Hellebuyck takes a puck off of his shoulder in the first period against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 9, 2016.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Conner Hellebuyck takes a puck off of his shoulder in the first period against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 9, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele beat Blues goalie Brian Elliott up high with a wrist shot after Elliott made three straight saves in a shootout Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.  The Blues lost 2-1.

Winnipeg (24-26-3) got a goal from Bryan Little. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves through overtime and was 4-for-4 in the shootout.

The Blues managed just 22 shots on goal and got a tally from rookie defenseman Colton Parayko.  Elliott, despite losing the shootout, earned the point for his team by making 32 saves. His record is 3-2-2 the past seven starts but has only allowed one goal in five of those games.

Blues suffer another major injuring, losing defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo is helped off the ice by trainer Ray Barile after being boarded in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at the Scottrade Center in St.Louis on November 19, 2015. St. Louis won the game 3-2 in a shootout. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo is helped off the ice by trainer Ray Barile. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was placed on injured reserve after he was hurt following a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle late in Saturday night’s 4-1 win over Minnesota. Pietrangelo,  ranks fourth in the NHL in average ice time at 26:40 per game, will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

 

“There’s not much you can do about it right now, but the big thing for us is just mentally move forward as quick as you can,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “The experience of having gone through this with other players helps us in this one, because our guys were good in practice today, they’ve already moved on. We were able to practice today with some of the adjustments that we’re going to make offensively, defensively, pairs and everything.”

The Blues host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

 

Blues fall to the hottest road team in the Western Conference. Lose ground on Chicago and Dallas in the standings

Brian Elliott watches the play at the side of the net (photo/NHL.com)

Brian Elliott watches the play at the side of the net (photo/NHL.com)

The San Jose Sharks are just fine on enemy frozen ponds.  The Sharks (27-19-4) improved to a Western Conference-leading 17-7-2 away from home and the Blues fell as their latest victim, 3-1 on Thursday night Scottrade Center.

Somehow the Blues are keeping their head above water despite averaging just one goal per game over their last five games in which they’ve gone 2-2-1. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored and Brian Elliott made 29 saves.

“Today, the first period was the best period we played in a long time,” Hitchcock said after his team had 13 shots. “It was a great period, and then we got away from it in the second and gave them the momentum. We funneled pucks at the net, we put shots at [Jones’] feet, we had lots of scoring chances close at the net, and then we got frustrated and started making plays rather than continuing with that program and so we ended up with lot of zone time but mostly playing sideways rather than that attack mode that we did in the first period.”

Joonas Donskoi and Joe Thornton scored 3:20 apart in the second period to put San Jose up 2-0.  Bouwmeester’s goal cut the deficit, but Matt Nieto scored late in the third period for the final tally.

CENTRAL       GP        W        L       OT      PTS
CHICAGO       55       35      16        4       74
DALLAS       52       33      14        5       71
ST. LOUIS       54       29      17        8       66

Brouwer’s late goal lifts Blues past Nashville to keep pace in the Central Division (VIDEO)

The Blues are 4-0 against Nashville this season (photo/NHL.com)

The Blues are 4-0 against Nashville this season (photo/NHL.com)

Troy Brouwer scored with 1:05 remaining to give the St. Louis Blues a 1-0 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.  Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s shot from the right faceoff circle deflected off Brouwer and past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne for his 10th goal.

Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made 15 saves for his first shutout of the season. St. Louis (30-16-8) is 4-0-0 against the Predators.

With the win, the third place Blues kept pace with Chicago and Dallas who also won.  The Blackhawks 2-1 win over Colorado allowed the Blues to add an additional two-point cushion over the fourth place Avs.

Central GP W L OT PTS ROW GF GA DIFF Last Game
Chicago 54 34 16 4 72 33 149 123 +26 CHI 2 – COL 1
Dallas 51 32 14 5 69 30 167 136 +31 DAL 5 – WPG 3
Blues 53 29 16 8 66 26 130 128 +2 STL 1 – NSH 0
Colorado 53 27 23 3 57 26 144 144 0 COL 1 – CHI 2

 

Bad bounces and deflections cost the Blues in Chicago

Artemi Panarin celebrates his goal with Artem Anisimov of Chicago (photo/NHL.com)

Artemi Panarin celebrates his goal with Artem Anisimov of Chicago (photo/NHL.com)

Both the Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks have played a high volume of games in the last month.  The Blues were catching the Hawks tired and fighting through a two-game losing streak after setting a franchise record with 13 wins.  After a quick start, the Blues fizzled and lost Sunday evening 2-0 in Chicago.

Rookie Artemi Panarin broke a scoreless tie with a one-timer that beat Brian Elliott off a deflection from the stick of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.  Panarin leads all NHL rookies in points after getting a cross ice pass from NHL points leader Patrick Kane.

Early in the third, Chicago scored a power play goal when Marian Hossa’s shot was tipped under the crossbar by Andrew Shaw.

The Blues came out flying out-shooting Chicago 12-6, but Corey Crawford denied the Blues with another strong performance.  Crawford has won ten of his last 11 starts and has a league leading 7th shutout.  Brian Elliott made 23 saves.