Alexander Steen gestures his heartfelt appreciation for the recognition of the Winnipeg Jets and their fans for his 1,000th NHL game Saturday night in Winnipeg. Jonathan Kozub/NHL via Getty Images
The St. Louis Blues closed out their 5-game road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg on Saturday night. Early pressure by the Blues wasn’t enough to crack Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck who seemed to have an answer for everything through 2 1/2 periods. He faced 40 St. Louis shots in the game and allowed just 2 goals.
The Jets, despite being outplayed in the first period, managed to score late on a Jack Roslovic goal at 18:44 of the opening frame. He added another goal at 17:05 of the second period before Andrew Copp made it 3-0 with just 15 seconds left before the 2nd intermission.
The Blues finally broke through with two goals in the third from Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly. But, empty-net goals from Blake Wheeler and Patrick Laine in the closing minutes sealed the win for Winnipeg.
Alexander Steen played in his 1,000th NHL game in the town of his birth and where his father spent his entire NHL career. The Jets recognized Steen for this milestone and the crowd was classy, giving him a standing ovation.
Troy Brouwer was back in the lineup for the first time since December 18th. Mackenzie MacEachern was back after missing a few games with an injury. Robert Bortuzzo played while Carl Gunnarsson was a healthy scratch for the Blues defense.
It’s been a bit of a tougher stretch for the Blues. They play their next three games at home, and won’t play any more games in Canada this season.
Still in first place in the Western Conference with a six-point lead over the Canucks and eight points clear of Colorado and Dallas in the division, albeit with games in hand on all of those teams. Tuesday night at Enterprise the Blues will look to get back on track against the Carolina Hurricanes. Game time is 7 PM Central.