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
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.
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.