Hutton, Blues blank Flyers
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[February 07, 2017]
PHILADELPHIA -- After allowing
13 goals in three previous appearances, goaltender Carter Hutton had
something to prove to coach Mike Yeo and the St. Louis Blues.
Hutton stopped all 26 shots he faced and received goals from
forwards Paul Stastny and Kenny Agostino to lead the Blues to a 2-0
win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night at the Wells Fargo
"He looked like a confident goalie tonight," Yeo said. "He was great
right from the start. He looked calm in the net but was still
challenging and getting aggressive."
Hutton's shutout was his third of the season as the Blues won for
the second time in three games since Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock on
Feb. 1 after a 1-5-0 stretch.
The Blues, who play their next four games on the road, improved to
26-22-5, while Hutton hiked his record to 8-7-2, thanks in part to
22 blocked shots.
"For us, this is a big road trip," Hutton said. "I just try to be
the calm in a little bit of madness. Philly's got a lot of big guys
in front of the net and we did a great job of limiting their second
Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth stopped 14 of 16 shots to fall to
The Flyers (26-21-7) have lost two games in a row and have not
scored a regulation goal in either game.
Their three leading goal scorers -- Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn
and Jakub Voracek -- have not scored in their past four games.
"The last 10 or 15 games we're not scoring a whole lot of goals,"
said Schenn, who has just one goal in his last nine games.
"Obviously, in this league you have to play good defense but you
also have to score goals and we're just not getting them right now."
Agostino was leading the AHL in scoring when the Blues recalled him
to replace injured forward Robby Fabbri, who will be out all season
with a torn ACL. The 24-year-old Agostino scored on a breakaway 2:10
into the third period, beating Neuvirth under the crossbar to give
the Blues a 2-0 lead. It was his first NHL goal since April 4, 2014,
as a rookie member of the Calgary Flames.
"(David) Perron just sprung me, great pass, and I had a lot of
time," Agostino said. "It looked like (Neuvirth) was leaning a
little bit to the left so I went top right and it worked out."
The Flyers dominated the Blues in the opening period, outshooting
them 11-1, but failed to convert on two power plays, and the teams
skated into the second period locked in a scoreless tie.
It was the fourth straight game in which the Flyers failed to score
a first-period goal.
"We rope-a-doped them a little bit," Yeo said. "We were defending
way too much."
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Blues goalie Carter Hutton (40) watches a shot by Philadelphia
Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) during the second period at
Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The Blues were awarded a four-minute power-play midway through the
second period when Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald clipped St.
Louis forward Scottie Upshall with a high stick. The Blues failed to
score on the double minor, but Stastny netted his 15th goal of the
season 16 seconds after MacDonald's penalty expired.
Stastny's goal, his third in three games, came with 4:38 remaining
in the second period on a tricky redirection of Kevin Shattenkirk's
Stastny turned his right skate blade to deflect the puck past
Neuvirth. The Flyers challenged the goal, contending the puck left
the offensive zone before the goal. However, replays of Blues
defenseman Carl Gunnarsson keeping the bouncing puck in at the blue
line were inconclusive and the goal stood.
"In my opinion, the puck is probably out of the zone," Flyers coach
Dave Hakstol said. "I can't think anybody can prove it beyond a
doubt by video. It's a tough call."
NOTES: The Blues were without F Robby Fabbri, who learned Sunday
that he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior
cruciate ligament in his left knee. Fabbri, 21, finished his season
with 11 goals, which ranked fourth on the Blues behind Fs Vladimir
Tarasenko (23), Paul Stastny (14) and Jaden Schwartz (13) heading
into Monday's game. Fabbri's 18 assists were one off his total last
season as a rookie. ... Second-year Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere,
who has gone 27 games without a goal, sat out his third straight
game as a healthy scratch. RW Travis Konecny returned to the lineup
after missing two games as a healthy scratch. He replaced Matt Read,
who scored the winning goal for the Flyers in their last victory.
... The Blues continue their five-game trip on Tuesday night in
Ottawa. Remaining stops are Toronto, Montreal and Detroit. ... The
Flyers continue their season-high five-game homestand Thursday night
against the New York Islanders. They close their home stretch
against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
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