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Blues 2, Red Wings 0

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:11 AM

Bill Roose - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com

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Blues 2, Red Wings 0
St. Louis Blues 2, Detroit Red Wings 0
DETROIT – Puck control has been the name of the game for the league-leading Red Wings this season.

But the leaders in practically every statistical category received a bit of their own medicine Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The St. Louis Blues rolled into Hockeytown and handed the Wings their first shutout loss of the season, blanking the hosts, 2-0, before a disappointed sold-out New Year’s Eve crowd. It was the Blues’ first win in five games.

“We had no juice in the tank, and it was pretty obvious,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we did alright for about 10-minutes at the start of the game. We didn’t have any jump. Give them credit, I thought they played good.”
WINGS CORNER

With traffic in front of the Wings’ net, St. Louis got the winner when Erik Johnson’s blast from the point found its way past goalie Dominik Hasek at 5:47 of the third period. Hasek made 21 saves.

The Blues (19-14-4) scored an unassisted, empty net goal from Lee Stempniak with 22-seconds left.
 
Jiri Hudler takes a shot against St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace during the third period of the Wings' 2-0 loss at St. Louis on Monday. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)
The Wings (29-8-3) had chances to score the equalizer, but Blues goalie Manny Legace was spectacular. The former Wings’ netminder came up with several key saves, including two consecutive stops of Jiri Hudler with little more than eight-minutes left in regulation.

Legace made 31 saves in earning his 14th win of the season and third against the Wings.

“I think we stopped getting pucks behind them,” Wings center Kris Draper said. “I don’t think we paid the price enough to make it tough on Legace, and that was the difference. We had some good chances late . . . but I don’t think we had sustained pressure through the game to win. It’s over and done with.”

St. Louis controlled the tempo for much of the game, and limited scoring chances for the Wings by working the puck out of its defensive zone. With Tomas Holmstrom sitting out his fourth straight game with a knee injury, it was apparent that the Wings missed his services from in front of the opposition’s net.

Detroit was also without the services of leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms) and Krik Maltby (lower back), who has been out of the lineup since late November.

“Sure, we’ve had injuries, but they didn’t have Andy McDonald tonight," Babcock said. "It’s not like the teams you play don’t have injuries too. But the game is real simple: the team that works the hardest wins 95 percent of the games.”

McDonald, who was acquired from Anaheim earlier in the month, has missed three games with a pulled chest muscle.

The Wings had gone 65 games, dating back to last season, without suffering a shutout. In fact, the last team to hold the Wings scoreless, were the Blues. Legace and Curtis Sanford combined to blank the Wings, 1-0, on Feb. 8, 2007 -- snapped a streak of 176 straight games that Detroit hadn’t been held scoreless.

It was the first time that the Wings have lost on New Year’s Eve since 1998 when Toronto claimed a 4-2 victory.

St. Louis had the two best scoring opportunities. The first came when center Keith Tkachuk was robbed by Hasek – sprawled face-first on the ice – snatching the puck out of the air in the first period. The Blues were denied again in the second when Stempniak missed the mark, clanging a blast off a post.

Still, the Red Wings, who reached the Western Conference finals last season, closed out the calendar year in fine fashion, posting a 65-18-11 record in 2007.

The Wings finished the month of December with a 12-2-1 mark. Both regulation losses came at the hands of the Blues, including a 3-2 decision in St. Louis on Dec. 20.

The Wings’ next game is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (ET) when they host the Dallas Stars.





scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:47
STL
Erik Johnson (3) Slapshot - ASST: Brad Boyes (11)
1 - 0 STL
19:38
STL
EN - Lee Stempniak (8) Snap shot - ASST: Jamal Mayers (6), Jay McKee (2)
2 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:54
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Keith Tkachuk
09:23
STL
Bryce Salvador  Interference against  Dallas Drake
15:41
DET
Chris Chelios  Cross checking against  Ryan Johnson
19:49
DET
Johan Franzen  Hooking against  Keith Tkachuk
2nd Period
05:12
DET
Aaron Downey  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
05:12
STL
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Downey
06:32
STL
Eric Brewer  Cross checking against  Valtteri Filppula
3rd Period
02:46
STL
Jay McClement  Holding against  Tomas Kopecky
09:20
DET
Valtteri Filppula  Interference against  Matt Walker
13:29
STL
Jamal Mayers  Slashing against  Pavel Datsyuk
16:22
DET
Mark Hartigan  Holding against  Ryan Johnson
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 31TOI: 59:47
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Dominik Hasek
SA: 22TOI: 59:24
Saves: 21EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1

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