NHL Game Summary - Detroit at St. Louis
(Thursday, February 8th)
Final Score: St. Louis 1, Detroit 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Manny Legace left late in the second period after being skated into, but Curtis Sanford came on strong in relief to finish off the shutout, the first suffered by Detroit in more than three years, and a fluke goal by Bill Guerin was all the Blues would need to top the Red Wings, 1-0.
The Red Wings were last shutout in a 3-0 loss to Boston on Jan. 7, 2004, a 175-game streak that was the longest active run in the NHL.
Legace stopped 10 shots, and Sanford turned away 13 for the Blues, who had lost four of five entering the contest.
Joey MacDonald stopped 29 shots for the Red Wings, who had a five-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
Guerin and the Blues benefited from a lucky bounce to score the game's only goal just over five minutes into the second period.
Skating down the right side of the Detroit zone, Guerin wristed the puck towards MacDonald, and it was deflected and flipped up in the air, where Detroit's Chris Chelios tried to bat it away from the net with his left arm. He inadvertently slapped the puck over MacDonald's head and in, though, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead with 14:59 left in the second period.
Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom was skating across the crease and collided with Legace late in the second period. Holmstrom tried to avoid the collision by jumping over the goaltender, but he still knocked into Legace, who was shaken up on the play. Legace was slow to get up, and left the ice soon after, with Sanford coming on in relief.
Detroit had a power play midway through third period, and several good scoring chances, but failed to knot the game up.
The Red Wings pulled MacDonald in the last minute, but to no avail, as Sanford maintained the shutout, even surviving a six-on-four for the last 11 seconds to preserve the victory.
"The guys played well tonight, and we were able to capitalize on a rare Detroit mishap," said Blues head coach Andy Murray.
The Calgary Flames hold the NHL record for consecutive games without being shutout at 264, from Nov. 12, 1981 to Jan. 9, 1985...Legace said after the game that he left due to a sore neck, but that injury did not feel serious. He will be re-evaluated on Friday...This was the first combined shutout for the Blues since Nov. 5 of 1970...St. Louis improved to 15-2-3 when leading after two periods.
02/08 23:43:18 ET