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Allen, Blues shut out Blackhawks, end Kane's 15-game point streak

Makes 38 saves, Schwartz has goal, assist for St. Louis, which is 8-0-2 in past 10 on road

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Allen's 38-save shutout

STL@CHI: Allen makes 38 saves to shut out Blackhawks

Jake Allen stopped all 38 shots that he faced and recorded his 20th career shutout with the Blues in their 4-0 win over the Blackhawks

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CHICAGO -- Jake Allen made 38 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the St. Louis Blues extended their road point streak to 10 games with a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday.

Allen's 20th NHL shutout moved him into a tie for second in Blues history with Jaroslav Halak and ended Patrick Kane's 15-game point streak for the Blackhawks. It was the longest streak in the NHL this season.

"I'm just trying to keep the game as simple as I can," Allen said. "I think that's when I'm at my best, and if I go back and look at previous years in the good hockey I'm playing, usually it means that I'm in the right spot and things are going my way and I'm doing the right things. I think it's just feeling pretty confident out there."

 

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The last time Kane was held without a point was Oct. 29 in a 3-0 loss at the Nashville Predators. He had 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the streak.

"It was a good run," Kane said. "I think I kind of see the chances were fading the last few games and that maybe it was going to end here soon, I hadn't really been generating as much as I want to. Try to get a couple days rest here and come back strong against Boston (on Thursday), get things going again."

Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist for St. Louis (18-5-6), which has won four straight and is 8-0-2 in the past 10 road games, one from tying the Blues record of 11 (10-0-1) set from Jan. 21-March 4, 2000.

"Yeah, I'm not even sure what the point streak is, but we get up for games," Schwartz said. "Whether it is at home or on the road, we still stick to the same game plan. We don't try switching it up and I think we are just doing a good job of sticking to our systems."

Video: STL@CHI: Schwartz pots PPG on redirection

Corey Crawford made 26 saves for Chicago (10-12-5), which has lost three straight and is 1-5-1 in the past seven games.

"Yeah, it's not easy," said Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, who played in his 900th NHL game. "... We've got to find a way to get that consistent effort. Obviously there's been some tough travel, you're not going to have your legs, you're not going to be flying every single night, and I don't think you can say they had their best game, but they managed the game, they played patient, they played smart."

Mackenzie MacEachern scored his second goal in as many games to give the Blues a 1-0 lead at 2:34 of the first period. He followed Vince Dunn's wrist shot from the center ice line into the offensive zone before sending a backhand off the top of Crawford's glove.

Schwartz made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 14:22 when he tipped Alex Pietrangelo's point shot.

Brayden Schenn scored from the right circle, his team-leading 14th goal, at 8:56 of the third period to extend the lead to 3-0.

Video: STL@CHI: Schenn hamers home slap shot from the circle

"When you have a two-goal lead, or any sort of a lead, to get the next goal is huge," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "I don't want to sit back. I don't want to play that way."

Tyler Bozak scored at 18:11 for the 4-0 final.

 

They said it

"Another stat I didn't really know. Cool. To get into the 20s now, we'll see if I can get to 30 at some point in my career. Hopefully a few more to come in the future, but it's a credit to not just me, but a lot of boys in front of me doing a lot of hard work." -- Blues goalie Jake Allen on tying Jaroslav Halak

"We played three terrible games. It's definitely frustrating when you're out there. We have to work through it, we have to be better." -- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook

Video: Jake Allen earns Monday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

 

Need to know

Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo played 11:22 after serving a four-game suspension for cross-checking Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson on Nov. 23. ... The Blues are 4-0-0 when playing the third of three games in four days this season. ... Blues forward David Perron had an assist to extend his point streak to eight games (three goals, six assists). ... The Blackhawks were shut out for the third time this season. ... Kane played a game-high 24:30 and had a game-high 13 shot attempts (six on goal). ... The Blackhawks played one forward short because Andrew Shaw (undisclosed), Dylan Strome (concussion protocol) and Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol) were out of the lineup. Goalie Robin Lehner (illness) was also out, and Kevin Lankinen was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League to back up Crawford.

 

What's next

Blues: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Blackhawks: At the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, NBCSCH, NHL.TV)

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