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POSTGAME 5: Singing the Blues

Blues edge Flyers, 2-0, as Flyers drop second straight game to Western Conference opponent

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The Blues rode two goals on 16 shots and Carter Hutton stopped all 26 shots he faced for a 2-0 win and hand the Flyers their second straight shutout on home ice.

The teams skated to scoreless tie after a first period that saw the Flyers dominate most of the action with two power plays and outshooting the Blues, 11-1… The Blues didn't register a shot on goal until six minutes left of the first period.

The Blues turned the tide on the Flyers in the second, outshooting them, 11-4, and finally solving Michal Neuvirth with Paul Stastny deflecting a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk to take a 1-0 lead into the third. The goal was challenged by Dave Hakstol and the Flyers, but proved inconclusive to be overturned.

Kenny Agostino broke free early in the third period and scored high-glove on Neuvirth to give the Blues a two-goal lead, eventually walking away with the victory.

Tonight's turning point came in a first period in which the Flyers outshot the Blues, 11-1, and had two power-play opportunities, but failed to cash in and get out to an early lead. Instead both teams were back in it at the start of the second and St. Louis capitalized off a deflection to cause the Flyers to play catch up hockey the rest of the way.

Video: Locker room comments following Flyers' 2-0 loss3. THREE STARS

1 - Carter Hutton: Stopped all 26 shots, including 11 in the third period, to post his seventh career shutout and improve to 3-0-0 lifetime against the Flyers.  

2 - Kenny Agostino: Scored the second Blues goal and led the team with four shots.

3 - Nick Cousins: Tied with Jakub Voracek, he recorded four shots on goal on 15:42 of ice time.


* Travis Konecny left the game with an injury and did not return. An updated is expected on Tuesday.

* The last time the Flyers were shut out in consecutive home games, without a road game in between, came in 1999 (Oct. 2, 1999 vs. Ottawa & Oct. 7, 1999 vs. Carolina).

* The Flyers limited the Blues to just one shot in the first period, marking the first time they held their opponent to one shot in the opening period since Mar. 8, 2011 vs. EDM.

* The Flyers have now allowed two or fewer goals in six of their last seven games, but have scored two or fewer in seven of their last nine.

* Ivan Provorov played 24:17, going beyond the 24-minute mark for the third consecutive game.

"I think we are playing some good defense right now. We are playing pretty tight. We obviously can get a little better offensively. We know that. I think when we're going to get one we're going to get a bunch. So we just got to stick with it."
- Claude Giroux Video: Giroux Postgame Interview vs. Blues

"We had a few more quality chances today than we did the last game. Obviously, we didn't have enough. We weren't able to score a goal; we have to generate a little bit more."
- Dave HakstolVideo: Coach Hakstol Postgame Press Conference

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