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Blues slide out of Detroit with key road victory

Detroit,  MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots to help the 
St. Louis Blues take a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. 

Barret  Jackman,  Jay Bouwmeester,  Kevin Shattenkirk  and Magnus Paajarvi all 
scored for the Blues, who had lost three of four coming into the game. 

"The first two periods we played the way we had to," said St. Louis head coach 
Ken  Hitchcock. "We kept the puck in their zone a lot and got a high volume of 
shots on net." 

Gustav  Nyquist scored  the only goal of  the game for the Red Wings, who have 
dropped three of their last four. 

Jimmy  Howard started the game in net for Detroit but left halfway through the 
second  period  with an undisclosed illness.  He had allowed three goals on 25 
shots. Petr Mrazek took over and gave up a goal on 14 shots. 

"They  were better in  all areas of the game tonight," said Detroit head coach 
Mike  Babcock.  "But I don't  want the guys focusing  on this because our game 
lately has been very good." 

St. Louis took a 1-0 lead at 11:13 of the first period as Paajarvi wrapped the 
puck  around  from behind the net  and it hit off  the right leg of Howard and 
went in. 

Detroit  tied the game with 27 seconds left in the opening period on the power 
play  as Nyquist swept the puck in with a logjam in front for his sixth of the 

The Blues, though, took  the lead back just 61 seconds into the second period 
as Jackman's slap shot from the high slot made its way through a screen. 

It  was  a 3-1 game just  1:20 later after  Shattenkirk's slap shot on a power 
play  from  the top of the  left circle went through  a screen set up by David 
Backes in front. 

Bouwmeester's  shot from the  left point was going wide of the net, but it hit 
off  the leg of  Detroit's Riley Sheahan at the right side and went in at 2:14 
of the third for a 4-1 lead. 

Halak  stopped 10 shots  in the third period to keep Detroit from getting back 
into the game. 

                                   Game Notes 

St.  Louis  continues its four-game  road trip  Tuesday against New Jersey ... 
Detroit  hosts Chicago on  Wednesday ... St. Louis won three of the five games 
last season against its former Central Division foe ... Detroit was 1-for-6 on 
the  power play while St. Louis was 1-for-5 ... St. Louis left wing Alex Steen 
had two assists in the game. 

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