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Blues try to bounce back in home test vs. Habs

(SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole in a rare regulation loss at home on Tuesday.

The Blues aim for better luck on Thursday night as they play host to a Montreal Canadiens club that is kicking off a six-game road trip.

Meeting San Jose for the third and final time this regular season, the Blues dropped a 4-2 decision to the visiting Sharks and were swept in the series. Defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester had the goals in the losing effort, while Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves.

The Blues fell to 3-1-1 over their last five games and 13-3-2 at home. Two of those regulation setbacks have come to the Sharks.

Playing without forwards David Backes (upper body), Jaden Schwartz (undisclosed) and Vladimir Sobotka (upper body), the Blues saw the Sharks score twice in the first period on Tuesday and grab a 3-0 two minutes into the second period.

"We've got to get better on our starts," said Shattenkirk."We did initially early for a couple minutes and then got away from it. They get a fortunate bounce on the first goal, but from there, we've just got to kind of pick our heads up and know that what we were doing at the time was getting the job done."

The Blues now look to rebound against the Canadiens, who they have beaten in four straight meetings and in nine of the previous 12 encounters. That includes a 3-2 shootout victory in Montreal on Nov. 5.

Halak turned aside a penalty shot by Tomas Plekanec with 48.9 seconds in regulation and then made three saves in the shootout to remain unbeaten against the club that selected him in the ninth round of the 2003 draft.

Halak is 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals against average and one shutout versus the Canadiens, making 25 saves in November.

Carey Price made 30 saves in taking the loss for the Canadiens, falling to 1-2-2 with a 2.68 GAA in five career meetings with the Blues.

Price made 26 saves in Tuesday's 3-1 victory, giving up a first-period goal and nothing else the rest of the way.

Max Pacioretty then led the offensive comeback, assisting on Andrei Markov's game-tying tally 2:26 into the third period on a power play before scoring his own goal on the man advantage with 6:42 on the clock.

Pacioretty sealed things up with an empty-net goal for the Habs, who had lost three of four coming in and improved to 1-10-1 this season when trailing after two periods.

"Markov leaned into a slap shot and motivated us in the third," Pacioretty said of his team's rally. "It was our best period of late and we used it as a building block."

The Habs could use the momentum as they are 3-5-0 with a tie in their last nine at St. Louis.

12/19 11:58:06 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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