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

points.

”To lose that way is definitely frustrating.”

Alex Steen got things started in the second with the Blues’

first goal.

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

the season.

”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

home.

”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.