Blues Off to Best Start in Team History

The Blues are 9-1-2 through 12 games and have won seven straight

Sunday, 11.07.2010 / 8:51 PM / St Louis Blues - News
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
With Jaroslav Halak on the bench, Ty Conklin went out and claimed a record of his own.

Conklin stopped 27 shots at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, backstopping the Blues to a 2-0 win and their first-ever shutout against the New York Rangers. The two teams have met 129 times.

"I heard that," Conklin told the Associated Press. "It's fine with me. I'm glad it came when I was in net. It would've been great when Jaro was in net, but I'll take it."

Conklin's shutout was his first of the season. Halak has three, giving the Blues four shutouts through 12 games and a new team record. The fastest four shutouts previously came through 14 games during the 2000-01 season.

The Blues have now won seven consecutive games, the most since 2002 when they won nine from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, 2002.

The team's record has improved to 9-1-2, which is a franchise record for the best start through 12 games. Through Sunday's contests, the Blues are ranked first overall in the NHL standings. They have games in hand on Los Angeles, Washington and Philadelphia, all of which also have 20 points on the young season.

Perhaps more notably, the Blues have been playing without half of their starting six-defenseman. Barret Jackman, Carlo Colaiacovo and Roman Polak are out with injuries, but Tyson Strachan, Nikita Nikitin and Ian Cole have filled in admirably.

In addition, the Blues are without David Perron, who has missed two games with lingering headaches following a hit on Nov. 4 from Sharks forward Joe Thornton.

The Blues are back in action Wednesday at Columbus, where they'll wrap up a three-game road trip at Nationwide Arena.

The team will return home Nov. 11 vs. Nashville, where they'll defend a perfect 6-0-0 record at Scottrade Center.

Other highlights from the past week include:
  • Ty Conklin earned his first shutout of the season…he now has five shutouts in his last 21 road games with the Blues
  • Alex Pietrangelo recorded his first career multi-point game with two assists against San Jose
  • Davis Payne earned his 30th career victory against San Jose
  • Alex Steen tallied his first two-goal game since Mar. 30, 2010 vs. Chicago
  • Brad Boyes scored his third shootout goal in as many attempts, the game-decider against Boston…as of Sunday, he leads the NHL in shootout goals
  • Vladimir Sobotka scored his first goal as a Blue at Boston, his former team
  • Ian Cole and Nikita Nikitin made their Blues/NHL debuts at Boston…the first pair of Blues to debut in the same game since Jonas Junland and Tyson Stachan on Dec. 18, 2008 at Washington

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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