Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) – Jake Allen stopped 26 shots for his second
shutout of the season to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win over the New
Jersey Devils in the front end of a home-and-home set.
Vladimir Tarasenko had the only goal of the game for the Blues, who have won
six straight contests.
Cory Schneider suffered the tough-luck loss as he allowed just one goal on 23
shots for the Devils, who had won three of four coming into the game.
These two squads will meet in New Jersey on Thursday.
Allen made 21 saves through the first two periods while Schneider stopped 17
to keep the game scoreless heading into the third, but the Blues broke through
Skating on the power play due to a holding call on Marek Zidlicky, Tarasenko
and Jori Lehtera played catch with the puck in the right corner. Tarasenko
took the puck and made a stride toward the net before wristing it in for his
eighth of the season.
New Jersey got Schneider out of the net with just over 90 seconds to play for
an extra skater, but they were unable to get any shots on net.
Tarasenko has six goals in his past four games … Allen has three shutouts in
his career … New Jersey’s game in St. Louis starts a three-game road trip
… The Blues have won three straight on the road … These teams split two
games last season, but the Blues have won five of six.