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Blues 2, Red Wings 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:15 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 2, Red Wings 0
St. Louis Blues 2, Detroit Red Wings 0

DETROIT (AP) -Manny Legace wanted to play much better than he did the last time he faced his former team.

He did, making 31 saves for his 20th career shutout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-0 win over the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

It was the first time Detroit, winners of 14 of its last 16 games, was held scoreless this season. The Red Wings hadn't been shut out at home since a 3-0 loss to Boston on Jan 7, 2004.

 Jay McClement, left, collides with the Detroit Red Wings Brett Lebda during the second period of the Blues' 2-0 win in St. Louis on Monday. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

Erik Johnson and Lee Stempniak scored for the Blues, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

They dropped a 5-0 decision to the Red Wings the day after Christmas. Legace was pulled midway through the second period after giving up four goals on 16 shots.

"The guys played phenomenal for me," said Legace, who played with Detroit from 1999-2000 until 2005-06. "I was awful after Christmas ... You have to bring your A-game (against the Red Wings) or you'll look bad."

Legace stopped Jiri Hudler on a breakaway with 8:05 left.

"Goaltending was the key to the game," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said. "Manny had a very good night tonight."

Dominik Hasek made 21 saves for the Red Wings.

"At times we did some good things," Detroit's Kris Draper said. "But from start to finish, it wasn't our most complete effort."

Johnson, a rookie defenseman, opened the scoring 5:41 into the third period when he beat a screened Hasek with a slap shot from the high slot after picking up a loose puck and skating from inside the right circle. It was Johnson's third goal of the season.

The first overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft had gone 14 games without a goal.

"I was getting a little frustrated because I've been in a drought," Johnson said. "But tonight I was saying 'feed me the rock, feed me the rock and I'll pound it."'

All three of his goals have been game winners.

When informed of that stat, Legace said: "Well, he should score more often."

He did something that Blues' goalies haven't been able to do often: Shut out the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The last St. Louis goaltender to do so was Guy Hebert on Jan. 11, 1993.

It was Detroit's fourth game in six days.

"We had no juice in the tank, it's pretty obvious," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we did all right for about the first 10 minutes at the start of the game. We tried to push, but we didn't have any jump. Give them credit. They played hard."

Stempniak scored into an empty net with 22 seconds left.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:47
STL
Erik Johnson (3) ASST: Brad Boyes (11)
1 - 0 STL
19:38
STL
EN - Lee Stempniak (8) 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
Dominik Hasek
SA: 22TOI: 59:24
Saves: 21EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1

 
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