(Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The St. Louis Blues dropped their second contest in as many nights losing in over time 2-1 to the Detroit Red Wings. Alexander Steen scored the lone goal for St. Louis midway through the second period, while Erik Cole and Justin Abdelkader registered goals for Detroit.
After falling on Saturday to Minnesota 6-3 the division leading Blues looked to bounce back in the Motor city. The game started out with a pair of penalties being dished out on each side. St. Louis’ Chris Butler was handed a minor penalty for holding and Abdelkader was sent to the box for high sticking.
With Detroit and St. Louis being two of the best on converting the power play neither team could get the job done as shots were roughly even 10-8 in favor of Detroit at the end of period number one.
The Blues, who have the best road record since January, came out looking to capitalize in the second period. Following a high sticking penalty handed down to Detroit, St. Louis did just that as Butler found the blade of Steen, who netted his 23rd goal of the season.
Detroit muscled back just 24 seconds into the third adding a goal of its own as Cole beat Blues net minder Jake Allen with a 12 foot snap to tie the game up at 1-1. Both Allen and Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard had solid afternoons in net. Allen stopped 23/25 pucks, while Howard registered 24 saves.
Three periods wouldn’t be enough to separate the two teams. In over time on the power play Abdelkader shoveled a rebound past Allen with a broken stick to give Detroit the 2-1 victory.
With the loss the Blues (45-21-7) travel to CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Tuesday, March 24.
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