Carter Hutton made 25 saves to record his second shutout of the season on Tuesday night as the Blues beat Ottawa 3-0 at Scottrade Center. (St. Louis Blues)

By Rob Rains

Carter Hutton and the Blues got the bounce-back game they needed on Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

After being embarrassed on Saturday night, allowing four goals in the first period to the lowly Arizona Coyotes, the Blues got a shutout from Hutton and a 3-0 win over the Senators at Scottrade Center.

Hutton made 25 saves in recording his second shutout of the season, three nights after the Blues allowed 23 shots in the first period. Hutton was gone well before that period ended, pulled after giving up three goals in just over seven minutes.

“We had a locker room full of angry players, frustrated,” Hutton said. “We talked about it. It’s hard to win in this league and you are going to lose games sometimes but it’s how you lose. We weren’t happy about that. We stepped up to the plate tonight.”

Hutton had slammed his stick to the floor as he walked down the tunnel after leaving the ice on Saturday night, but it didn't take him long to put that game out of his mind.

“I’m the biggest poor sport going,” Hutton said. “I lose and I’m rattled. I take 10 minutes and vent and then I’m fine. … The sun came up the next day. I’ve had a hell of a lot worse games than that. It is what it is. You come back, get back to work and move on and that’s what we did.

“You never want to lose and have that happy attitude but you learn to process it and move on. You have to. This game, especially this position, it will eat you up if you hold things inside and let it eat away at you.”

The shutout was the 10th of Hutton’s career and lowered his goals against average this season to 1.80 in 16 starts, eight of which have come in the Blues last 10 games. He has started the last four in place of Jake Allen, and the team has not said whether Hutton or Jake Allen will start on Thursday night, the Blues’ final game before the All-Star break.
Vladimir Sobotka gave Hutton and the Blues the only goal they would need off a stretch pass from Brayden Schenn at 16:21 of the first period.

Hutton protected that lead through a four-minute penalty early in the second period after a double minor penalty for high sticking against Robert Bortuzzo before Vladimir Tarasenko increased the lead to 2-0 at 6:10 of the third period with his 21st goal of the season.

An empty-net goal by Schenn, his 20th of the year, capped the victory.

“This is a character group,” said coach Mike Yeo. “If you play a bad game it doesn’t mean that they don’t care. I know how much this group cares. … There’s a lot of character and there’s a lot of leadership in that group and they showed it tonight.”

Yeo had put the Blues through a hard practice on Sunday morning, followed by a team meeting, and the message that what happened against the Coyotes was not acceptable was received.

None of the three goals Hutton allowed in that game were his fault, one of the reasons Yeo elected to put him right back in the net on Tuesday night.

“I’m glad we gave a better performance in front of him,” Yeo said. “He was really good.”

In his first shutout this season, Hutton had to make a franchise-record 48 saves. The Senators did not surpass the Coyotes’ total of 23 shots in the first period on Saturday until the final minute of the third period.

“Some games you play really well, make a lot of saves,” Hutton said. “Tonight was just solid. I thought we did a really good job. … This definitely took everybody to get the one tonight.”