The Blues met the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden to end their four-game road trip. The Rangers beat the Blues at home for the first time since 1998.
Jake Allen’s 165:59 shutout came to a brutal end as the Rangers scored three goals on their first five shots.
Mats Zuccarello found Derick Brassard in front to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead.
At the other end of the ice, Henrik Lunqvist robbed Alexander Steen of a goal by getting his paddle on Steen’s wide-open net shot.
Zuccarello scored a highlight reel goal as he split the defense by sliding the puck under Jay Bouwmeester’s stick. He was slashed by Kevin Shattenkirk before beating Allen top left.
Kevin Hayes made it 3-0 on a breakaway as he slid the puck under Allen, who broke into a butterfly position after Hayes’s fake. Allen was pulled 14:38 into the first period.
After Allen’s scary start, Brian Elliot relieved him. Dmitri Jaskin registered his first of the year assisted by Colton Parayko, making it 3-1 Rangers at the end of the first.
Next on the scoresheet was Vladimir Tarasenko, who rocketed one past Henrik Lunqvist to make it 3-2. His eighth goal of the season came at 5:24.
J.T. Miller answered with a slapshot, giving the Rangers a 4-2 lead.
Fabbri and Gomez ran a give-and-go as Brouwer stood wide open in front of the Ranger’s net. With 5:39 left in the second, Fabbri found Brouwer who knocked in his fourth goal of the season, cutting the Ranger’s lead to one goal.
Ryan McDonaugh scored on a power play slap shot, making it 5-3 Rangers, as they claimed their two goal lead back.
With 2:34 left in regulation, Dan Girardi ended the game with an empty net goal. The Rangers won 6-3.
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