Jets’ win streak ends vs. Blues with shutout
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Jake Allen made 26 saves and recorded his first shutout of the season as the Blues defeated the Jets 1-0 on Friday night.
Alex Steen scored for the Blues during a second-period power play. The Jets managed just six shots on goal in the third period.
Allen’s last shutout was a 3-0 victory over Dallas on Dec. 7, 2017.
Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for Jets, who had their season-best four-game winning streak snapped.
The Jets, who were starting a four-game homestand, outshot the Blues 13-9 in the scoreless first period. Winnipeg was 0-for-2 on the power play, and St. Louis was 0-for-1.
Blues defenseman Robert Bertuzzo 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.
With Jets defenseman Tyler Myers in the penalty box for tripping, defenseman Colton Parayko’s shot from the point was redirected in the slot by the Winnipeg-born Steen at 14:56.
The Blues outshot the Jets 13-7 in the second period.
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.
Winnipeg 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 shot by Myers hit Allen. GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Miro Heiskanen and Brett Ritchie scored 1:48 apart in the third period and the host Stars got a 3-2 win against the Sharks. Ben Bishop made 41 saves for Dallas, which has won four straight.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was suspended for two games for kneeing, and Flames forward Ryan Lomberg was suspended for a game and coach Bill Peters fined $10,000. Giordano, the Flames’ captain, was assessed a tripping penalty after kneeing the Wild’s Mikko Koivu on Thursday night in the third period of the Flames’ 2-0 home victory. Late in the game, Lomberg went after Matt Dumba after the Wild defenseman steamrolled Flames center Mikael Backlund. Instigating in the final five minutes resulted in Lomberg’s automatic suspension and Peters’ fine.
Stars center Jason Spezza, right, controls the puck against Sharks left wing Marcus Sorensen on Friday.