(HockeyStL) – With three minutes left and a three goal lead, the Blues and goaltender Jake Allen looked to cruise home in a win over the New Jersey Devils and add their seventh consecutive victory. However the defense faltered as they allowed three goals in three minutes to snap Allen’s shutout streak.
Thankfully for the Note, they did get the victory as captain David Backes scored a power play goal and the Blues clung to the 4-3 lead that ended up being the final score. But despite earning the win, head coach Ken Hitchcock said the final minutes were disappointing.
“Jake was the story after two periods,” Hitchcock boasted as Allen stopped 22 shots through the first 40 minutes of play, “I feel like we let him down. You know it was a win, but it feels like a loss because we let the guy down. He was so good. He played a great hockey game.”
Allen stopped all 26 shots he saw from the Devils Tuesday in the Blues 1-0 win. He was a wall against the Anaheim Ducks on October 30th, stopping all 24 shots, as the Blues won 2-0 at home. But at just one second past 184 minutes, Allen’s shutout streak stopped.
“Those happen,” Allen insisted, following Thursday’s win, “That’s something we can learn from to put that killer instinct in to finish a team off. In the end, we got the win and it was a big win for us. Every point matters.
“I think shutouts are bonuses. If I got that third one then great and I’d enjoy it for a little bit. I’m just focused on getting wins right now and get as much playing time as I can.”