Blues edge Jets 2-1
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said his team earned Kevin
Shattenkirk’s power-play goal late in the third period that let
them leave Winnipeg with a 2-1 win Tuesday.
”It was a seeing-eye shot but, if you look at the shift, we
outfought for three pucks just to get that opportunity, which is
what happened for the whole third period, which was really
impressive,” Hitchcock said.
The Blues’ win over the Jets got them going in the right
direction after they lost three of four entering the game.
”As the game wore on, our confidence came back to fight for
pucks and to battle,” Hitchcock said. ”I thought the debris from
what happened here in the last week or so started to eliminate and
we just started to get our spirit back.”
Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who outshot the Blues 8-2 in
the first period.
It looked as if Shattenkirk’s shot may have glanced off Little,
among others, on the way into the Jets’ net.
”It was disappointing, just because we worked to get back in
the game and tied it up and then they get one that bounces off a
couple of things and goes in … right at the end of the game,”
said Little, Winnipeg’s leading scorer with 13 goals and 28
”To lose that way is definitely frustrating.”
Alex Steen got things started in the second with the Blues’
He was behind the Winnipeg goal line midway between the net and
the boards at 4:44 when he slid a puck behind Ondrej Pavelec that
banked off the Winnipeg goalie to put the Blues ahead 1-0.
Pavelec was focusing on those in front of the net rather than
the Blues’ leading scorer to his right. It was Steen’s 21st goal of
”It was a hard-fought game today, really tight net, both teams
clogged neutral zones and D-zones,” said Steen, who was born in
Winnipeg and is the son of original Jet Thomas Steen, now a city
councilor in his adopted hometown.
”Both goalies played really well, it was a good game today, a
fun game,” Steen said.
As for his shot, he shrugged it off.
”I don’t know. I try it every now and then in practice. I’ve
tried it a couple of times in games.”
Jets coach Claude Noel was disappointed with the loss but not
unhappy with the way his team played the Blues.
”I thought the game was a game that was chess-match played game
really,” he said.
”Both teams were being patient, playing kind of the same way,
knowing that one goal or two goals could win it. I thought we
played a pretty good game other than the fact that we didn’t finish
the game the right way. They scored a seeing-eye power-play goal,
what can you do?”
Little evened things up just three minutes into the third period
as he won a faceoff and then snapped a pass from linemate Andrew
Ladd past Brian Elliott on a power play, thanks to a tripping call
against Vladimir Sobotka.
Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was sent off with just over
three minutes left in the game for hooking, which gave Shattenkirk
his chance to score his third goal of the season.
St. Louis was coming off a 5-2 home-ice loss to Anaheim. The
Jets hadn’t played at home since Nov. 23, but were 4-2 on an
Eastern road swing, although this was their fourth straight loss at
”I thought we did the necessary things to win the game,
possibly 2-1, that was the game that was going to get played out
and it did get played out,” Noel said.
Notes: Jets’ Mark Stuart left in the third bleeding from the
mouth after a goalmouth scramble. … Wheeler had been on a
three-game point streak going into the game. … The Jets are still
the only team in the Central that has managed to beat the Blues
this season, 4-3 in a shootout Oct. 18. … St. Louis went into
Tuesday’s came with a 9-0-1 record against division opponents.