Balanced Team Effort Leads To Another Win For St. Louis Blues
Rookie goaltender Jake Allen continues to be one of the best performers for the St. Louis Blues, and on Tuesday night he got his sixth win of the season by turning aside 39 shots in a game against the San Jose Sharks. It was the second time in as many meetings that Allen and the Blues had gotten the best of the Sharks, and seven different players factored into the scoring for a Blues offense that is starting to once again look as potent as it did at the start of the season.
Chris Stewart led the way with a pair of goals to help add to his team- leading points total. The veteran winger now has nine points in the last five games and is continuing to take on a leadership role with the team. David Perron and Chris Porter also scored for St. Louis, which was a great sign for an offense that was missing Andy McDonald, Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko. The game did have some bad news for the Blues as they lost T.J. Oshie to an upper body injury in the second period.
Barrett Jackman has been quietly productive lately and has five assists in five games. The previous high for shots allowed by the Blues this season was 32, but Allen proved more than capable of hanging in there as the Sharks sent 41 shots his way. He has now won six of his first seven starts in the NHL, which has helped ease the pain of rough seasons from Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.