Game Report: Blues 2, Red Wings 0
By Nicholas Hand
The Blues completed a perfect 5-0 road trip with Carter Hutton getting another road shutout Wednesday night as they played what likely will be their final game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Hutton made 25 saves as he earned his second consecutive shutout, his third in his last four road games and his fourth in his last six starts on the road. The Blues posted three shutouts in the five wins, their longest winning streak of the season.
It’s the first time in franchise history the Blues swept a road trip of five games or more.
The Blues’ goals came on their first shot of the game and their final shot. Ivan Barbashev scored his second goal of the season early in the first period and Jaden Schwartz scored into an empty net with 11 seconds left in the game.
On the first goal, Barbashev was given ample time with the puck coming out of the corner and fired a wrist shot past the short-side of Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek. Kenny Agostino and Carl Gunnarsson assisted on the goal at 2:06 of the first period.
The Blues carried the play for the first 10 minutes of the period, but the Red Wings came on late in the period putting 11 shots on Hutton who denied the Wings from tying the game.
The second period saw the Blues control the game outshooting the Red Wings 16-4 but they were unable to solve Mrazek the rest of the night.
The Blues held on in the third period with 10 saves from Hutton including a net-front scramble with Mrazek pulled for an extra attacker in the final minute in which Schwartz came away with the puck and successfully hit the empty net from near the Blues defensive blueline.
The Blues improved to 6-1 under Mike Yeo since he became the head coach on Feb. 1, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 21-8. The Blues hold a three-point lead over the Nashville Predators for the third playoff seed in the Central Division with 65 points in 57 games played. Nashville has a game-in-hand on the Blues.
Hutton had only four shutouts in his career coming into this season … Paul Stastny was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday retroactive to Jan. 9 because of a lower-body injury. He also will not play on Thursday night but is possible for the game on Saturday in Buffalo … Wade Megan was recalled by with Stastny out and logged 7:10 of ice-time, registering three shots on goal…The Blues were 0-for-4 on the power play ... The Blues also killed all three Red Wings power plays… Robert Bortuzzo, Dmitrij Jaskin and Nail Yakupov were healthy-scratches for the Blues.
The Blues return home to Scottrade Center on Thursday to host the Vancouver Canucks in their first home game since Feb. 4. Jake Allen is scheduled to start in goal.