The St. Louis Blues closed out the preseason on Thursday night with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks at Scottrade Center.
“We were a little sloppy at the start of the game, but we picked our pace up after the first and played well,” Blues goalie Jake Allen told reporters. “Training camp’s I guess officially over now and some guys played really well tonight and really well throughout the camp, so it was good to see.”
Jaden Schwartz and rookie Colton Parayko each added two assists. Lehtera, making his preseason debut after missing time because of surgery on his ankle, also added an assist to join Schwartz and Parayko as having two-point nights.
“Of course I had some buttermilk in my legs,” Lehtera said, “but otherwise I felt OK.”
Allen stopped 20 of 22 shots for the victory. He stopped 31 of 34 shots in 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Sept. 26.
The Blues, who open the regular season on Thursday when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Scottrade, scored 20 goals in their four preseason wins but totaled just two in their two losses.
Thursday’s preseason finale started out as a back-and-forth shootout.
Jaskin’s goal just 3:20 into the first period was quickly followed up by a pair of goals by the Blackhawks — from Dennis Rasmussen and Brandon Mashinter — less than 2 minutes later.
The Blues tied the score with a power-play goal from Brouwer a few minutes later and then took the lead on a power-play tally from Shattenkirk late in the period.
Lehtera added to the lead with a short-handed goal in the second period and then Brodziak added his own short-handed goal midway through the third period.
After the win, the Blues headed to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a pre-season team bonding trip. They will practice there for a few days before returning to St. Louis early next week to prepare for the start of the regular season.