The St. Louis Blues have been fighting an uphill battle all season, and Friday night was no different. After Detroit scored the first goal in each of the three periods, the Red Wings netted one of the short-handed variety late in the third to give Detroit a 5-3 over St. Louis.

Special teams proved to be costly for the Blues. The team failed to capitalize on six power play opportunities, while the Wings’ special team units picked up two goals.

“Special teams was the difference,” Blues’ forward Keith Tkachuk said. “Our power play didn’t get it done at the end of the game. … That was a winnable game for us.”

The Blues picked up goals from Tkachuk, Ryan Johnson and Lee Stempniak. Manny Legace stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced.

The Note came into this one losers of their last two. Prior to that streak, St. Louis had won eight of their previous ten.

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