Getting goals from four different players, including three by
defenseman on Monday night, the Blues beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1
at Joe Louis Arena.
"The first two periods we played the way we had to play," St. Louis
coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I think the scoring chances were about
even in the first two periods, but the zone time was in our favor."
Blues defensemen Barret Jackman and Kevin Shattenkirk scored 1:20
apart early in the second period to break a 1-1 tie.
Left winger Magnus Paarjarvi and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored
for the Blues (33-10-5), which had lost its previous two games. Left
winger Alex Steen and center Derek Roy each had two assists and
Jarislav Halak made 22 saves.
"We had a full team effort, at least for the first two-and-a-half
periods," Jackman said. " ... The first 50 minutes, I thought we
played a total, controlled, very aggressive, solid game."
Right winger Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit (21-18-10).
Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots before being replaced by
goalie Petr Mrazek midway through the second period because Howard,
one of the goalies on the U.S. Olympic team, suffered a knee injury.
He missed time earlier in the season with a left knee injury.
"He got hurt. The same knee, I guess," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock
Howard is day-to-day.
Mrazek made 13 saves.
"Well, I think we obviously was not good enough from our side,"
Detroit captain and center Henrik Zetterberg said. "Still, we had it
1-1 after the first, had some good looks on the 5-on-3 (in the
second period) there and couldn't really get it going, but in the
third their fourth goal kind of ended the game tonight."
The Red Wings came into the game missing several regulars because of
Jackman broke a 1-1 tie with a one-timed screened shot from the high
slot 1:01 into the second period with the teams playing 4-on-4. It
was Jackman's third goal of the season.
Shattenkirk's goal was on the power play and came 2:21 into the
period on a screened shot from the left point. It was Shattenkirk's
seventh goal of the season.
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"There was no chance. ... There was no way Howie was going to
see any of those," Hitchcosk said. "We had two big bodies at the
net all the time."
Jackman added, "We had a lot of guys going into the hard areas
of the ice. It's a lot easier to get the puck through."
Nyquist's power-play goal tied the score with 26 seconds
remaining in the first period. He controlled and put in a loose
puck during a goal-mouth scramble for Nyquist's sixth goal of
the season and his first in nine games.
"They got the power-play goal late in the first period, but we
got the momentum back," Bouwmeester said.
Bouwmeester got his fourth goal 2:14 into the third period when
his shot from the left point went in off Red Wings center Riley
The score was tied at 1 after the first 20 minutes despite St.
Louis outshooting Detroit 18-7.
Paarjarvi opened the scoring with 8:47 left in the first period
when he banked one in off Howard's leg on a wraparound from
behind the net. It was Paarjarvi's fourth goal of the season.
Halak made a spectacular point-blank save on right winger Todd
Bertuzzi 9:28 into the first period.
NOTES: C Darren Helm returned for Detroit after missing 18 of
the past 19 games with shoulder and groin injuries. ... St.
Louis D Ian Cole is from Ann Arbor, Mich. ... The Red Wings were
without C Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), RW Johan Franzen
(post-concussion syndrome), RW Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms),
D Jonathan Ericsson (ribs), C Joakim Andersson (back), C Cory
Emmerton (finger) and G Jonas Gustavsson (groin). ... Blues
coach Ken Hitchcock is an assistant coach for the Canadian
Olympic team. The head coach for Team Canada is Detroit coach
Mike Babcock. Also both GMS, Detroit's Ken Holland and St.
Louis' Doug Armstrong are on the management team ... It was
Blues RW Ryan Reaves' 27th birthday on Monday.
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