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Carter Hutton, Blues shut out Flyers

Goalie makes 26 saves, Kenny Agostino scores in return to NHL

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Carter Hutton made 26 saves, and forward Kenny Agostino made his return to the NHL a memorable one by scoring for the St. Louis Blues in a 2-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

Agostino beat goalie Michal Neuvirth on a breakaway to give the Blues a 2-0 lead 2:10 into the third period.

"It was a broken play inside the blue line," Agostino said. "[David Perron] just sprung me, great pass, had a lot of time. I saw, looked like [Neuvirth] was shooting a little bit to the left, so I went top right, and it worked out."


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It was Agostino's first NHL game since playing for the Calgary Flames against the Blues on March 14, 2016. The 24-year-old forward was recalled Sunday from Chicago of the American Hockey League, which he leads with 42 assists and 60 points in 48 games.

"You never expect it," Agostino said. "You learn in this business you always have to be ready. I was happy to get [the call-up] and happy to be here."

The shutout was Hutton's third of the season, second in his past three starts.

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Neuvirth made 14 saves for the Flyers (26-21-7), who were shut out for the second straight game after a 1-0 loss in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Philadelphia has not scored in 122:49, dating to Sean Couturier's empty-net goal with 14 seconds left in a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

The Blues took a 1-0 lead at 15:22 of the second period when Kevin Shattenkirk's one-timer from the right point hit Paul Stastny's right skate and got past Neuvirth.

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol challenged that the goal came following an offside play, but it was determined that there was no conclusive evidence to overturn the call.

Video: STL@PHI: Stastny redirects puck home with skate

The Flyers outshot the Blues 11-1 in the first period, when they had two shots on goal on two power plays. Philadelphia finished 0-for-4 with six shots on goal on the power play, and is 3-for-32 (9.3 percent) in its past nine games.

"We know what we got on the power play, we just have to make sure we execute things better," Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. "Sometimes teams play a different style of killing. Usually that's the first power play when they play something different. Try to get used to it, but then the second and third one should be better. We get a goal on the power play, it's a different game."

Goal of the game

Agostino beat Neuvirth high over his glove from between the hash marks for his second NHL goal, first since April 4, 2014, with the Flames.

Video: STL@PHI: Agostino nets break for first goal as a Blue

Save of the game

With the Flyers on a 6-on-4 power play late in the third period, Andrew MacDonald took a slap shot from the point, but Hutton tracked the shot through traffic and covered the rebound with 50 seconds left.


Video: STL@PHI: Hutton makes 26 saves in shutout win


Highlight of the game

The Blues nearly capitalized on their second shot of the game, at 2:01 of the second period. Neuvirth got his right shoulder on Carl Gunnarsson's shot. The puck bounced off the glass and into the crease, but Neuvirth used his blocker to swat the rebound out of trouble.

Unsung performance of the game

The Blues had a season-high 22 blocked shots, led by defenseman Jay Bouwmeester's five.

They said it

"I've been [in Philadelphia] for hockey growing up my whole life. Being in North Jersey, we played the Little Flyers and Jr. Flyers a million times. Been in this area a lot but first time playing in this building." -- Blues forward Kenny Agostino, who said his father, brother and high school teammates attended the game


"I think we've lost some games where we've been out-chancing teams and getting our chances, and they come down and capitalize on their chance. Nice to flip the script." -- Blues goalie Carter Hutton


"I was passing across. I was trying to get that through the first guy and didn't see the second guy behind hm. It's a bad play, bad turnover. In my opinion, it cost us the game." -- Flyers forward Jakub Voracek on the turnover that led to Kenny Agostino's goal

Need to know

Flyers forward Travis Konecny missed the third period with an undisclosed injury. General manager Ron Hextall said there would be an update Tuesday. ... Philadelphia was shut out in consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 19-21, 2015. It is the first time the Flyers have been shut out in consecutive games at home (no road games in between) since Oct. 2 and 7, 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... The last time the Flyers allowed one shot on goal in a period was against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 3, 2015. The last time they allowed one shot on goal in the first period was against the Edmonton Oilers on March 8, 2011.

What's next

Blues: At the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TCN-PH, NHL.TV)


Video: Hutton, Agostino lead Blues past Flyers, 2-0

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