The Blues had plenty of power-play opportunities but couldn’t take advantage of any of them in a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings in St. Louis Monday night. They were 0-for-8 on the power-play, even blowing a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period. They went on the man-advantage four times in the first.
Despite the hole they dug for themselves, Detroit escaped the first period with a 1-0 lead, thanks to Kirk Matlby’s goal at the 2:01 mark.
The Red Wings made it 3-0 with two more tallies in the second period. Steve Yzerman’s goal at the 9:45 mark was his 12th of the season and the 690th of his career. That tied him with Mario Lemieux for eighth on the NHL goal-scoring list. 47 seconds later, Johan Franzen gave Detroit a 3-0 lead.
Tomas Holmstrom scored 34 seconds into the third period to put it away. Petr Cajanek’s goal with 58 seconds to go in the game gave St. Louis its only score.
Goaltender Patrick Lalime made 28 saves with 32 shots on goal. The Blues are 0-28-4 when trailing after two periods. It was their seventh straight loss, marking the third time this year that they’ve lost at least seven straight.
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