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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at NY Rangers



(Thursday, January 23rd)

Final Score: St. Louis 2, NY Rangers 1

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaroslav Halak came up with 34 saves to atone for a dismal defensive performance by the St. Louis Blues two days prior, with the effort leading the way in a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored the eventual game-winner on the power play 3:09 into the third period, helping the Blues shake off a 7-1 loss in New Jersey on Tuesday. Alex Steen had the other St. Louis goal, with David Backes assisting on both markers in the victory.

"It really could not have gone any better," said Shattenkirk, who grew up a Rangers fan in nearby New Rochelle, N.Y. "I'm really happy with the way the night went."

A red-hot Rick Nash produced the lone tally for the Rangers, losers of two straight following a 6-1-0 stretch. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 23 saves in the setback.

Nash's 10th goal in 10 games knotted the score at 1-1 with 1:43 to go in the third period, but the star sniper was called for a slash on Shattenkirk to give the Blues a man advantage with three minutes elapsed in the third.

St. Louis needed just nine seconds to convert, as Shattenkirk fired a long one-timer through Lundqvist's legs with Backes setting a screen in front.

"It was a set play," said Shattenkirk of the goal. "Once the puck was dropped back to me I knew that I had the lane to get it to the net. At that point as a defenseman you just have to throw it to the net and hope that something good happens. That's the way our power play works."

The Rangers had an opportunity to even things up when the Blues' Barret Jackman was sent off for a cross check with 7:29 to go, but St. Louis killed off the infraction and Halak came up clean the rest of the way.

"The difference was the power play," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault remarked. "We had an advantage at the beginning of the third. We didn't get anything off it. Their power play did what they've done very effectively this year. Right off the draw they established a shot. Within a few seconds they take the shot, they score."

St. Louis got 12 saves from Halak and the lone goal of the opening period to take a 1-0 edge into the first intermission. The score came off a giveaway from Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi in his own zone, with Jaden Schwartz collecting the puck and delivering a centering feed that caromed off Steen's skate and handcuffed Lundqvist before crossing the line 8:38 in.

New York finally managed to draw even on its 25th shot of the night, Nash's blast from the left circle off a Derek Stepan drop pass that rocketed past Halak's glove.

Game Notes

Steen sat out the third period after sustaining a lower-body injury during the game ... Nash has lit the lamp six times during a four-game goal-scoring streak ... Lundqvist dropped to 0-4-0 in five career meetings with St. Louis, the only NHL team he has never defeated ... The win was Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock's 106th with the franchise, tying him with Jacques Demers for fifth place on the club's all-time list ... Halak became the first St. Louis netminder since Mike Liut (1979-82) to record 10 road wins in three separate seasons ... The Blues swept the season set, having posted a 5-3 win in St. Louis on Oct. 12, and have won seven of their last eight against the Rangers while improving to 7-0-1 in their past eight visits to MSG ... Forwards Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko both returned to action for the Blues. Lapierre sat out five straight games with an upper-body injury, while Tarasenko missed the last two due to the flu.

01/23 23:37:08 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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