ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 12: Antti Niemi #31 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Patrik Berglund #21 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on March 12, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 12: Kris Russell #4 of the St. Louis Blues takes a shot on goal against the San Jose Sharks at the Scottrade Center on March 12, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(HockeyStL) -- St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen earned his first win at home after stopping 39 of 41 shots in a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks Tuesday.
“It was unfortunate I didn’t get the win a couple of weeks ago,” Allen said. “That was huge just to finally -- you know I’ve always wanted to play here in front of these fans since I got drafted when I was 17. It’s a great first win. It’s something I definitely won’t forget.”
His only other start at home came in a 2-1 loss to the Sharks on February 19. He stopped 23 of 25 shots faced.
The 41 shots faced on Tuesday night was a career-high for the 22-year-old rookie.
“It doesn’t matter if I get 15 shots or 40 shots, you’ve still got to stop the puck,” Allen said. “Some games I might get 15 shots, but that’s part of learning.
“I think that’s been a big learning curve for me over the last three years in the minors. I’ve learned a lot, especially those situations, to be ready for anything.”
It could have been a busier night for Allen if not for his defense, which blocked 22 attempted shots.
“San Jose got a lot of shots through, but they could have had a lot more and that’s one of our keys to this team -- strong defensively and strong blocking shots,” Allen said. “That’s when we’re on top of our game is when those things are going.”
It was already the third time in eight games played this season that Allen faced the Sharks. After a 4-2 win, Allen is 2-1-0 with a .923 save percentage against San Jose.
Overall, Allen is 6-1-0 with a 2.63 goals against average and .903 save percentage in eight appearances.
Asked if Allen will get the start in the team’s next game, Thursday against the Coyotes, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said: “I don’t know. I’ll figure that one out on Thursday.”