Game Report: Blues 2, Flyers 0

By Nicholas Hand

The Blues entered Monday night’s game in Philadelphia with a 8-13-1 road record as they embarked on a critical five-game trip while teetering on the brink of a wild card position.

A 26-save shutout by Carter Hutton and goals from Paul Stastny and newcomer Kenny Agostino started the trip on a positive note as the Blues won in Philadelphia for the first time since 2011.

The win puts the Blues back into the final wild card spot in the Western Conference with 57 points. The Blues are tied with the Calgary Flames for that spot but have two games in hand.

The Blues also trail the Nashville Predators by one point for the third playoff seed in the Central Division with the Predators holding a game in hand on the Blues.

The Blues struggled in the first period with the Flyers outshooting St. Louis 11-1 with Hutton being relied upon to turn away several scoring chances.

The Blues nearly took the lead in the first period on a Dmitrij Jaskin shot that was deflected by a Flyers stick and fluttered over Philadelphia goaltender Michal Neuvirth before hitting the crossbar and staying out of the net.

The Blues took the lead at 15:22 of the second period on Stastny’s 15th goal of the season. Following a pass from Alexander Steen, Kevin Shattenkirk fired a shot from the point that Stastny redirected with his skate past Neuvirth for the first goal of the game.

The Blues outshot the Flyers 11-4 in the second period and carried that momentum with the lead into the early minutes of the third period.

Playing in his first game with the Blues after being called up from the American Hockey League to replace injured forward Robby Fabbri, Agostino gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead on a breakaway just 2:10 into the third period.

David Perron launched Agostino on a clear breakaway with Agostino firing a high shot past Neuvirth’s glove for a top shelf goal.

The Blues killed off two Philadelphia power plays in the third period with Hutton making 11 third-period saves to preserve the 2-0 shutout.

Of Note: The goal marked Agostino’s second career NHL goal and first with the Blues. His other NHL goal came when he played 10 games for Calgary in 2014. He led the Blues with four shots on goal and logged 14:10 of ice time… Stastny led all Blues forwards with 20:40 of ice time… The Blues won despite a season-low 16 shots on goal coupled with a season high 33 hits… Robert Bortuzzo, Magnus Paajarvi, and Nail Yakupov were healthy scratches … Hutton earned his thrd road shutout of the year, all in his last five starts … The Blues killed all for power-plays for the Flyers and have now killed the last 12 power plays by their opponents in their last three games.

Looking Ahead:
The Blues’ trip continues Tuesday night in Ottawa against the Senators.