Blues 1, Red Wings 0
Brad Boyes scored early and Ty Conklin held on late for a
shutout, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win over the Detroit
Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Conklin made 42 saves against the team that couldn’t afford to
keep him around as a backup.
Jimmy Howard gave up a goal on the second shot he faced 1:56
into the game and finished with 25 saves, getting the start ahead
of slumping Chris Osgood.
The Blues have won three straight road games and five of
The Red Wings, who have won three of their last nine, were shut
out for the third time in five home games.
Conklin had his second shutout this season. He won his third
straight start, taking advantage of an opportunity to play ahead of
Chris Mason for the third time in 14 games.
Detroit went scoreless on four power plays over the first two
periods, including a two-man advantage that lasted a minute in the
second. The Blues haven’t allowed a goal in a 5-on-3 situation this
The Red Wings had an extra skater again early in the third
period, but Nicklas Lidstrom clanged a shot off the post for the
second time in the game. Detroit couldn’t generate another scoring
Detroit had another chance to tie it on a power play with 5
minutes left, but Conklin used his right shoulder to stop the last
shot during the advantage.
Then, the Red Wings got frustrated and put the Blues on a power
play that helped them hold on.
NOTES: Conklin inadvertently hit Detroit F Brad May after
clearing the puck, cutting May’s face. … The Red Wings are
without some of their top players due to injury, including forwards
Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams and defenseman
Niklas Kronwall. … The Blues are missing defenseman Eric Brewer
and forward D.J. King because of injuries. … Detroit’s opponents
have scored first in 20 of 30 games. … The Blues opened the
season with two wins against Detroit in Sweden, and the Red Wings
won in a shootout in St. Louis last month. … Howard played in
only one game last season for the Red Wings as their No. 3 goalie
behind Osgood and Conklin. … St. Louis improved to 9-0-3 when
leading after two periods.