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Blues defeat Hurricanes on Schenn goal in third period

Center breaks tie with 9:19 left; Hutton makes 26 saves on 27 shots for St. Louis

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brayden Schenn scored to break a tie in the third period, and Carter Hutton made 26 saves to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday.

The Blues (8-2-1) are on a five-game point streak (4-0-1). Hutton is 11-2-0 in his past 13 road starts dating to last season.

 

[WATCH: All Blues vs. Hurricanes highlights]

 

"What's nice is you have confidence in [Hutton]," St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said of Jake Allen's backup. "Typically you have to give your starter rest and nights off, but those are important points. Those are wins you need to get. We have confidence that he's the guy who can do that for us."

Cam Ward made 32 saves for the Hurricanes (4-4-1), who completed their first back-to-back set after a 6-3 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Dmitrij Jaskin gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 14:38 of the second period. St. Louis had a strong forechecking shift before Jaskin went to the slot, won a puck battle, and beat Ward with a low shot. Oskar Sundqvist and Magnus Paajarvi earned the assists.

"That was the plan, just try to hem them in," said Jaskin, who was a healthy scratch the past two games. "They played yesterday, so they were tired. Every single shift we wanted to put it in their zone, and it paid off."

Video: STL@CAR: Jaskin buries rebound to open the scoring

Jeff Skinner tied the game 1-1 at 15:42 with his sixth goal of the season. Justin Williams intercepted a pass and made a drag move around defenseman Joel Edmundson before Skinner gathered the puck to score on the backhand.

The only penalty of the game came at 8:00 of the third period when Vladimir Tarasenko was called for tripping Brock McGinn, but the Blues penalty kill did not allow a shot attempt.

"That's the turning point in the game right there," Hutton said. "We take a penalty, and I don't know if they even got possession in the (offensive) zone. From there, we locked it down. Obviously, a huge goal there after the penalty kill."

Schenn scored at 10:41 of the third period to put St. Louis back on top. Ward stopped hard shots from Tarasenko and Jayden Schwartz before Schenn finished on the rebound from the bottom of the right face-off circle to make it 2-1.

"I just happened to put my stick on the ice and it bounced to it. So I will take those," Schenn said. "It was a patient game by us tonight. They didn't give us a whole lot."

Schwartz extended his point streak to six games with an assist. He has five goals and three assists in that span. Schenn has a goal and three assists during a three-game point streak.

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen left the game with an upper-body injury in the second period after he collided with Blues forward Alexander Steen on the first shift of the period.

Video: STL@CAR: Hutton turns away Slavin's hard slap shot

 

Goal of the game

Schenn's goal at 10:41 of the third period.

Video: STL@CAR: Schenn snaps rebound into wide-open net

 

Save of the game

Hutton stopping Sebastian Aho's backhand with 2:56 remaining in the second period.

Video: STL@CAR: Hutton snags Aho's backhand shot in tight

 

Highlight of the game

Williams' setup on Skinner's goal at 15:42 of the second period.

Video: STL@CAR: Skinner nets Williams' gorgeous dish

 

They said it

"I thought we did a really good job through the neutral zone, but when you play a team like that, they've got a lot of speed. They come at you and it doesn't necessarily give you the feeling you're in control of things. I thought our guys managed the puck well and put it in places where they were going to have to come through us, and we checked hard." -- Blues coach Mike Yeo

 

"What we're doing now, and what we can't do, is have this develop into a pattern of not getting points when we're tied after two. We need to rectify that because you need to bank at least one point. If it takes 25 minutes or a shootout (to win), so be it." -- Hurricanes forward Justin Williams

 

Need to know

Edmundson had six blocked shots and took over the League lead with 39. … Hutton is 3-0-0. He won on the road against the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche. ... The Hurricanes have scored one goal each of their past three home games (0-2-1).

 

What's next

Blues: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-CR, PRIME, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Schenn, Hutton power Blues past Hurricanes, 2-1

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