ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Alexander Steen gave the St. Louis Blues the early lead and Jaroslav Halak earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Brenden Morrow added a power-play goal midway through the third period and Maxim Lapierre scored into an empty net with 2:08 left. The Blues have won three straight and moved a point ahead of the Blackhawks, who played later at Calgary, for the Central Division lead.
The Blues cleaned up on defense a week after getting whipped 7-1 in New Jersey when Halak surrendered four goals in 14 shots after relieving Brian Elliott. Halak has started all three games since that setback, allowing a total of four goals.
The Devils mustered little offensively three days after losing 7-3 to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. They were shut out for the sixth time, although this was the first time in 35 games.
The Blues are an NHL-best 17-3-1 against the Eastern Conference, and 9-0 at home.
Steen was the NHL's second-leading goal scorer in late December before missing 11 games with a concussion. He's been back six games and has a point in the last five with three goals and four assists.
Halak and Brian Elliott have combined for seven shutouts this season. Halak has won four straight starts with two shutouts this month, and holds the franchise mark with 20 shutouts in four seasons.
Morrow deflected a waist-high shot past Cory Schneider for his eighth goal and first point in nine games, capitalizing on a tripping call against Bryce Salvador.
St. Louis killed off Roman Polak's high-sticking penalty just nine seconds into the game, and then took the lead on Steen's 27th goal at 3:25. Steen scored his 100th goal in six seasons with St. Louis scoring from the slot on an odd-man rush with assists by Jaden Schwartz and David Backes.
Alex Pietrangelo took a holding call foiling a break-in by Stephen Gionta late in the period and, again, the St. Louis penalty killers came through. The Blues' Vladimir Sobotka hit the goal post on an odd-man rush with just under five minutes to go.
The Devils played in St. Louis for the first time since Nov. 20, 2010, a 3-2 Blues victory.
NOTES: NFL Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf, who recently retired from broadcasting, wore a Blues jersey with his number 72 while watching from a private box. ... New Jersey is 5-16-3 when trailing after two periods. ... Jaromir Jagr had totaled two goals and four assists the previous four games.
Even though the wind has subsided, the temperatures in the area are still frigid. With this round of arctic air, some churches are opening their doors to serve as warming shelters.
St. Patrick Center and The Bridge Centenary United Methodist Church are open today and Christ Church Cathedral will open as an overnight shelter tonight. City warming shelters are also open. For locations and hours, visit our website, ktrs.com.
Meanwhile, the cold weather has also prompted Illinois to open warming centers across that state, including on West St. Louis Ave. in East Alton and on Madison Ave. in Granite City.
Two shelters are open in East St. Louis. One is on North 9th St. and the other is on James Thompson Blvd. The warming centers are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 11:17 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - With growing talk of a merger between St. Louis city and St. Louis County, a new group has formed in opposition.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Common Sense for St. Louis now has about 40 members. The group's goal is to ensure that a statewide referendum on a merger does not make it to a ballot.
St. Louis is Missouri's only city that is not part of a county. The split occurred in 1876.
In recent years, the city and county have begun to share some duties.
In November, a new nonpartisan group called Better Together was formed to consider the feasibility of a merger. It includes St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley as members.