The St. Louis Blues just couldn’t solve Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price on Tuesday night.
Price made 38 saves and shut out the Blues, 3-0, at Bell Centre, snapping the Blues’ four-game win streak in the final game of their season-long six-game road trip.
“This is a well-coached, disciplined, play-the-game-the-right-way team,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “They’re going to be a bear all year for everybody.”
The Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens (7-0-0, 14 points) scored once in each period — with goals from Max Pacioretty, Alexander Semin and Torrey Mitchell, in that order — to remain the NHL’s lone unbeaten team.
The Central Division-leading Blues (5-2-0, 10 points) had scored exactly four goals in each of their four consecutive victories, but despite 38 shots on goal could not sneak one past Price and were shut out for the first time in seven games this season.
Jake Allen, making his third start of the season in net for St. Louis, made 33 saves but fell to 1-2 on the season.
“It was a great road trip before we got here,” Hitchcock told reporters. “I thought when they scored the second goal our energy dropped a little bit, you know, (it is) the first time we’ve been chasing a game like this, and I thought we saw a little bit of lack of energy towards the second half of the game. We had it in the zone a lot but we didn’t have the push to get it into the open spaces to score.”
The Blues return home to St. Louis and will now have five straight games at Scottrade Center, starting with Saturday night’s matchup against the New York Islanders.