Jets loose out in home turf against Blues
Jake Allen had 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and Alexander Steen scored the only goal of the game as the visiting St. Louis Blues blanked the Winnipeg Jets 1-0 on Friday night.
It was the 17th career shutout for Allen. The last time the two teams played, Winnipeg scored a season-high eight goals in an 8-4 win in St. Louis on Nov. 24, a game that featured Patrik Laine scoring five goals on five shots. On Friday, Laine finished with just one shot, but also hit a goal post on a power play in the second period.
Connor Hellebuyck had 26 saves for the Jets who had a season-high four game winning streak snapped. It was just the second time this season Winnipeg was blanked in a game. The other was on Oct. 11 at Nashville in a 3-0 loss.
Steen gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at the 14:56 mark of the second period with a power-play goal. Colton Parayko blasted a shot from the right point that deflected off Steen's leg in the slot and beat Hellebuyck on his blocker side. It was the seventh goal of the season for Steen.
Allen had 20 saves through the first two periods, including one on a Ben Chiarot slap shot from the right point that hit him in the mask with 50 seconds to go in the period.
The Jets didn't get their first shot on goal in the third period until with 6:30 remaining when Allen made a glove save on Tyler Myers wrist shot. That save came 42 seconds after Dmitry Kulikov clanged a shot off the goal post.
The Jets pulled Hellebuyck with 2:10 remaining and Allen came up big with a save on a one-timer by Mark Scheifele from the slot with 1:25 to go, then added a left skate save on Bryan Little with three seconds left to secure the win and the shutout.
The Jets entered the game with a 29.3 success rate on the power play, including a league-high 10 power-play goals by Laine, but finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
(With inputs from agencies.)