Jets’ win streak ends vs. Blues with shutout

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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.

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Stars cen­ter Ja­son Spezza, right, con­trols the puck against Sharks left wing Mar­cus Sorensen on Fri­day.

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