On a night when the Blues had to rush in a backup goalie from San Antonio and had to have someone from the Brentwood adult league on standby, the Blues' fulltime goalie, Jake Allen, made 29 saves in posting his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.
It was Allen's 16th career shutout, tying him with Glenn Hall on the Blues' all-time list and it put him alone in fourth place in wins with 105, breaking a tie with Brian Elliott.
Brayden Schenn scored his fourth goal in two games and 14th of the season, giving him the team lead, and Colton Parayko also scored. Both goals came on the power play, as the Blues went 2 for 7 with an extra man. Vladimir Tarasenko added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
It was a strange night for the Blues after backup goalie Carter Hutton took a puck to the foot in the morning skate and couldn't play. The Blues had to summon Ville Husso in from San Antonio, but since his flight wouldn't get in until after the game started, they called in 25-year-old Tyler Stewart, a former St. Louis University club goalie who is now going to grad school at Maryville and plays in the adult league at Brentwood. Stewart skated with the team in pregame warmups and watched the first period from the Blues dressing room until Husso showed up late in the period.
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The Blues have won two in a row and have points in three straight after a three-game losing streak.
"Just nuts is how I'd describe it," Stewart said. "A dream come true obviously to be able to do the warmups.
"I got to listen to the pregame speech with (Mike) Yeo. It's crazy how loose they are. You would think they'd be tight a little, but they're joking around like you wouldn't even think they're playing a hockey game. It's a cool environment, nothing like I'd ever experienced before.
"I sat next to Tarasenko. He was awesome. Him and Sobotka were asking me how to spell scissors because they were confused about the spelling. They were saying it as Caesar, like Caesar salad. It was pretty funny. They just talked to me like I was one of the guys. It was pretty cool."