NHL: Coyotes can't gain ground after being shut out by Blues

2013-03-15T00:00:00Z NHL: Coyotes can't gain ground after being shut out by BluesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ST. LOUIS - Rookie Jake Allen earned his first NHL shutout, and Chris Stewart scored twice and added an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

Allen, who has started four of five for St. Louis due to the struggles of veterans Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak, stopped all 28 shots to win his fourth straight. He is 7-1 since being recalled from the minors last month.

St. Louis have back-to-back wins in regulation for the first time since Jan. 24-25. The Blues have won four of five overall.

Alexander Steen celebrated his return to the lineup for St. Louis with a goal and two assists. Steen, who had missed eight games with a shoulder injury, scored his first goal since Feb. 15.

Stewart has four goals in two games and six goals and 12 points in the past six games.

The Coyotes, shut out for the third time this season, had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Phoenix (29 points) also missed out on a chance to leap frog St. Louis (32 points) in the Western Conference standings.

Mike Smith made 27 saves for the Coyotes.

Slap shots

• The NHL map is finally in order with Detroit and Columbus heading east, and Winnipeg moving west. The new format goes into effect next season, and will feature two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings and Blue Jackets.

The Jets will now be part of a Western Conference that's made up of two seven-team divisions. It's a plan that commissioner Gary Bettman called "fan-friendly," because it aligns teams by divisions that are mostly in the same time zones.

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