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Blues, Hutton shut out Red Wings

Sports Xchange - Thursday 16th February, 2017

DETROIT - Goaltender Carter Hutton blocked 25 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues posted a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

It with the fifth shutout posted by the Blues in their last 10 road games, and back-up goalie Hutton has accounted for four of them.

St. Louis won its fifth straight game and improved to 6-1 since Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock as coach of the team. St. Louis is 30-22-5 and in third place in the Central Division.

The Wings, last in the Eastern Conference at 22-25-10, dropped their fourth straight game. It was the eighth time this season the Wings have been shut out this season. Detroit is 2-6-4 in its last 12 games.

Detroit fell behind just 2:06 into the game, the 35th time this season that the Wings have surrendered the first goal. Ivan Barbashev was allowed to skate the puck unscathed out from behind the Wings net and turned and whipped a wrist shot by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek on the short side. It was just the second goal of the season for Barbashev.

Jaden Schwartz added his 14th goal of the season into an empty Detroit net with 10.3 seconds left in the third period.

Playing at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since the death of team owner Mike Ilitch, the Wings, who canceled their morning skate to attend visitation for Ilitch, wore a patch on the left shoulder of their jerseys that read, "Mr. I." The words "Mr. I" were also painted on the ice in the neutral zone.

"It is going to be a special night for us," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said prior to the game. "It started this morning when we had the whole team went to the Fox for visitation and it will carry on for tonight.

"It's a big game for our hockey club, a special night."

NOTES: Detroit F Gus Nyquist sat out the first game of a six-game NHL suspension for high-sticking Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon in Sunday's game. ... Entering Wednesday's game, in six career games versus St. Louis, Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek was 4-1-0 with a 1.25 GAA, a .951 save percentage and one shutout. He allowed just one goal Wednesday, but lost. ... Detroit G Jimmy Howard (knee) suffered another setback in his recovery and will be sent to AHL Grand Rapids on a second conditioning assignment during Detroit's Feb. 22-27 bye week. ... The Blues have posted four shutouts in their last nine road games. ... F Vladimir Tarasenko is the first Blues player to post three consecutive 25-goal seasons since Keith Tkachuk (2001-04). ... Red Wings scratches were D Ryan Sproul and F Tomas Jurco. D Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) and Howard are on injured reserve. ... Blues scratches were F Nail Yakupov F Dmitrij Jaskin and D Robert Bortuzzo. F Paul Stastny (lower body), F Robbie Fabbri (ACL) and F Kyle Brodziak (foot) are on IR.

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