ST. LOUIS (CBS) The Blues snapped the Lightning’s three-game winning streak with a 3-0 shutout win at the Scottrade Center Saturday night.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock devised a plan to overcome the Lightning’s 1-3-1 scheme, but it wasn’t just their scheme that got them the win. They played a physical game and got production from their entire lineup, while the big three (Stamkos, Lecavalier and St. Louis) on the Lightning were no where to be seen through three periods of play.
Brian Elliot faced only eight shots during the first two periods and recorded his second shutout of the season with 19 saves for St. Louis. Kris Russell scored in the first period in his debut for the Blues, and Kevin Shattenkirk and T.J Oshie added to the offense with a goal each to lift their team passed Tampa Bay.
The bolts were out of their element last night, and as a result suffered their first shutout loss of the season. They didn’t come out to play from the start, and the Blues did a good job of exposing their weaknesses and putting goals away when it counted.
Russell struck first with a slap shot that took a deflection and found its way passed Mathie Garon to make it 1-0 late in the first period.
Shattenkirk extended the lead from a 2-on-1 opportunity late in the second period to put St. Louis up 2-0.
Garon gave away a third goal during a Lightning power play when he attempted to skate behind the net to hand the puck off to a teammate, but a Blues player stole the puck in the Lightning zone and passed it to Oshie for the easy finish.
Tampa Bay looked winded, beaten and vulnerable. They took a season-low 19 shots and broke down defensively.
Guy Boucher and his club have not played well on the road up to this point, so hopefully they can get their acts together before heading to Winnipeg to face the Jets on Monday.