Blues ride D-men goals to win against Red Wings | Monday, 01.20.2014 / 10:30 PM

DETROIT -- The St. Louis Blues didn't look past the injury-plagued Red Wings on Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

Instead, the Blues took it to their former Central Division rivals in a 4-1 victory that featured three goals by defensemen.

St. Louis (33-10-5), which won for the third straight time in Detroit, had lost two in a row and three of four following a seven-game winning streak.

Defensemen Barret Jackman, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester all scored for the Blues, who also got a goal from Magnus Paajarvi at 11:13 of the first period to open the scoring.

Alexander Steen finished with two assists to lead 10 Blues players who recorded at least a point, and goaltender Jaroslav Halak improved to 20-7-3 by stopping 22 of 23 shots.

Meanwhile, Detroit added another starter to its lengthy list of injured players. Goalie Jimmy Howard (22 saves), who missed eight games in December with a sprained knee, left the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury at 10:44 of the second period and didn't return.

Backup Petr Mrazek made 13 saves in relief of Howard.

St. Louis came into the game struggling to score goals of late, but it was the Red Wings who had offensive issues Monday night. Detroit was outshot 39-23 and went 1-for-6 on the power play, including a fruitless 5-on-3 in the second.

The Red Wings' power-play goal came with 27 seconds left in the first, off the stick of Gustav Nyquist, to tie it 1-1 heading into the second.

Paajarvi gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 11:13 of the first, 2:45 after a great glove save by Halak nixed a one-timer from close range by Todd Bertuzzi.

Howard's aggression left him slightly out of position, and Paajarvi made him pay. The Blues forward collected the puck behind the net and banked a backhand wraparound attempt into the net off the right leg pad of Howard, who had just slid back into the crease.

Detroit, which got outshot in the first period 18-7, rallied late in the first and eventually got the equalizer by Nyquist, who scored his first goal since Dec. 28 by cleaning up Henrik Zetterberg's rebound from the low slot.

The goal capped Detroit's second of three power plays in the first, making the Blues pay for Roman Polak's cross-checking minor 35 seconds into it. The Red Wings went right back on the power play 13 seconds after Nyquist's goal, when David Backes was called for holding, but couldn't take the lead.

That's when the Blues seized control and never looked back.

St. Louis took a 3-1 lead on quick goals by Jackman and Shattenkirk to start the second, with each beating Howard to the left side of the net off a long shot through traffic.

Steen, who assisted on each goal, screened Howard on Jackman's slap shot from the high slot 1:01 into the second to make it 2-1, and Backes stood in front of Howard 1:20 later during a power play, blocking the goalie's sight line as Shattenkirk ripped a shot into the net for the two-goal cushion.

Howard left the game about eight minutes later. Mrazek, who is up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League because regular backup Jonas Gustavsson is out with a groin injury, finished the game and allowed Bouwmeester's goal at 2:14 of the third.

The goal reflected the kind of night it was for Detroit, after Bouwmeester flipped a point shot that went wide to the far side but bounced off the leg of Red Wings center Riley Sheahan into the net.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:13STL Magnus Paajarvi (4) ASST: Chris Stewart (10), Roman Polak (5) 1 - 0 STL
19:33DET PPG - Gustav Nyquist (6) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (24), Riley Sheahan (4) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:01STL Barret Jackman (3) ASST: Alexander Steen (15) 2 - 1 STL
02:21STL PPG - Kevin Shattenkirk (7) ASST: Alexander Steen (16), Derek Roy (23) 3 - 1 STL
3rd Period
02:14STL Jay Bouwmeester (4) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (29), Ryan Reaves (4) 4 - 1 STL
Three Stars of the Game
Alexander Steen
Alexander Steen
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:44
Kevin Shattenkirk
Kevin Shattenkirk
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:26
Jay Bouwmeester
Jay Bouwmeester
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:00
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:07DET Tomas Tatar  Holding against  Adam Cracknell
13:43STL Ryan Reaves  Roughing against  Jakub Kindl
16:26DET Drew Miller  Elbowing against  Roman Polak
19:08STL Roman Polak  Cross checking against  Henrik Zetterberg
19:46STL David Backes  Holding against  Luke Glendening
2nd Period
00:46DET Tomas Jurco  Tripping against  Alexander Steen
04:05STL Brenden Morrow  Interference against  Darren Helm
04:38STL Alexander Steen  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
08:14DET Darren Helm  Tripping against  Patrik Berglund
3rd Period
16:22DET Henrik Zetterberg  Slashing against  Jaden Schwartz
17:24STL Patrik Berglund  Hi-sticking against  Kyle Quincey
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/6
Faceoff Wins2539
Blocked Shots1315
Penalty Minutes1210
5B. JackmanD1011018:13
9J. SchwartzL0002016:52
10B. MorrowL0010210:42
12D. RoyC0112014:33
17V. SobotkaL0012017:16
19J. BouwmeesterD1012022:00
20A. SteenL0217217:44
21P. BerglundC0000214:22
22K. ShattenkirkD1014019:26
25C. StewartR0113016:24
27A. PietrangeloD0110023:09
33J. LeopoldD0012015:59
42D. BackesR0003216:38
46R. PolakD0115217:42
56M. PaajarviL1012012:31
74T. OshieR0002017:16
75R. ReavesR011029:33
79A. CracknellR001209:26
41J. Halak2223.95759:48
2B. SmithD0001019:29
4J. KindlD00-20014:46
8J. AbdelkaderL0002016:04
14G. NyquistR1002018:34
15R. SheahanC01-30011:55
17P. EavesR0002013:21
20D. MillerL0001213:52
21T. TatarL00-11214:30
23B. LashoffD00-10015:17
26T. JurcoR00-10210:16
27K. QuinceyD00-10018:43
40H. ZetterbergL0100222:12
41L. GlendeningC0000012:08
43D. HelmC00-16215:00
44T. BertuzziR00-22014:05
55N. KronwallD0002026:25
65D. DeKeyserD00-20018:45
71D. ClearyR0004015:03
34P. Mrazek1314.92929:16
35J. Howard2225.88030:44