St. Louis Blues center Brad Boyes, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Andy McDonald, left, against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
Detroit Red Wings' Brad May (24) checks St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) to the ice in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
St. Louis Blues goalie Ty Conklin, right, stops a Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Homstrom, of Sweden, shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
Detroit Red Wings Justin Abdelkader (8) and St. Louis Blues' David Backes, right, battle for the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
DETROIT (AP) -- Brad Boyes scored early and Ty Conklin held on late for a shutout, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Conklin made 42 saves against the team that couldn't afford to keep him around as a backup.
Jimmy Howard gave up a goal on the second shot he faced 1:56 into the game and finished with 25 saves, getting the start ahead of slumping Chris Osgood.
The Blues have won three straight road games and five of six.
The Red Wings, who have won three of their last nine, were shut out for the third time in five home games.
Conklin had his second shutout this season. He won his third straight start, taking advantage of an opportunity to play ahead of Chris Mason for the third time in 14 games.
Detroit went scoreless on four power plays over the first two periods, including a two-man advantage that lasted a minute in the second. The Blues haven't allowed a goal in a 5-on-3 situation this season.
The Red Wings had an extra skater again early in the third period, but Nicklas Lidstrom clanged a shot off the post for the second time in the game. Detroit couldn't generate another scoring opportunity.
Detroit had another chance to tie it on a power play with 5 minutes left, but Conklin used his right shoulder to stop the last shot during the advantage.
Then, the Red Wings got frustrated and put the Blues on a power play that helped them hold on.
NOTES: Conklin inadvertently hit Detroit F Brad May after clearing the puck, cutting May's face. ... The Red Wings are without some of their top players due to injury, including forwards Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams and defenseman Niklas Kronwall. ... The Blues are missing defenseman Eric Brewer and forward D.J. King because of injuries. ... Detroit's opponents have scored first in 20 of 30 games. ... The Blues opened the season with two wins against Detroit in Sweden, and the Red Wings won in a shootout in St. Louis last month. ... Howard played in only one game last season for the Red Wings as their No. 3 goalie behind Osgood and Conklin. ... St. Louis improved to 9-0-3 when leading after two periods.