Allen back­stops Blues to shutout of Jets

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS — WIN­NIPEG

Jake Allen wasn’t re­lieved to have his first shutout in a year. He didn’t even re­mem­ber when his last one was.

The St. Louis Blues net­min­der made 26 saves in a 1-0 vic­tory over the Win­nipeg Jets on Fri­day to record his first shutout since Dec. 7, 2017.

“I could care less, hon­estly. A big win for us,” Allen said. “I’m not a stats guy, un­for­tu­nately, but maybe it’s a lucky day ev­ery year, so I’ll mark this one on my cal­en­dar.”

Colton Parayko scored for the Blues (10-13-4) dur­ing a sec­ond­pe­riod power play, a goal that was ini­tially cred­ited to Alex Steen.

The Jets, who went 0 for 6 on power play, only had six shots on goal in the third pe­riod.

“Yeah, I’ll be damned,” cap­tain Blake Wheeler said. “We’re go­ing to throw a goose-egg up ev­ery once in a while.

“It’s our job, es­pe­cially in a close game, to come through there (but) weren’t able to do it.”

He cred­ited Allen with mak­ing some big stops.

“Their guy made some re­ally, re­ally good saves,” Wheeler said. “(We) cracked a post on a play we nor­mally score on. From there, they did a good job, es­pe­cially on our en­tries, they were ag­gres­sive.”

Con­nor Helle­buyck made 26 saves for the Jets (17-9-2), who had a sea­son-long four-game win­ning streak end.

Win­nipeg was last shut out in their fourth game of the sea­son, a 30 loss In Nashville on Oct. 11.

The Jets, who were start­ing a fourgame home­s­tand, out­shot the Blues 13-9 in the score­less first pe­riod.

Blues de­fence­man Robert Bor­tuzzo blocked a cou­ple of hard shots by Pa­trik Laine dur­ing a Win­nipeg power play early in the sec­ond pe­riod. Laine scored five goals in an 8-4 vic­tory over St. Louis on Nov. 24.

“It’s some­thing we def­i­nitely want to take pride in, is be­ing a good de­fen­sive group, and we weren’t happy with what hap­pened at home last game, ob­vi­ously,” Bor­tuzzo said.

“Guys stepped up and made hard plays in hard ar­eas and tried to take a lot of their shoot­ing ar­eas away.”

Parayko’s shot from the point may have hit a Jets player be­fore it went by Helle­buyck at 14:56. St. Louis fin­ished the game 1 for 2 with the man ad­van­tage.

Win­nipeg had its fifth power play early in the third, but didn’t get a shot at Allen. The Blues got the pe­riod’s first shot just over six min­utes in and then the Jets had an­other power play, but didn’t put the puck on Allen.

The Jets still didn’t have a shot on goal when Dmitry Ku­likov’s shot hit the post with 7:10 re­main­ing. A few sec­onds later, a My­ers shot hit Allen.

Jets de­fence­men Dustin Byfuglien and Ku­likov were back from in­jury. Byfuglien missed four games with a con­cus­sion and Ku­likov sat out 12 with an up­per-body in­jury. De­fence­man Josh Morrissey (lower body) missed a sec­ond straight game.

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