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Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues blank Nashville Predators

Jake Allen had a career game as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

The St. Louis Blues are running out of ways to describe the outstanding recent play of goaltender Jake Allen

Allen had another big night on Saturday, recording a career-high 45 saves for his second shutout of the season as the visitors beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 at Bridgestone Arena.

“The kid’s been unbelievable,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo told reporters. “It’s fun to watch. On the team side, maybe not give them 40-plus shots every night. He’s been standing on his head here the last couple games. He’s playing extremely well right now but we need to be better in front of him, too.”

The Blues (10-3-1, 21 points) followed up their remarkable 6-5 come-from-behind overtime victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday with another key Central Division road win against the Predators (8-3-2, 18 points). 

St. Louis scored eight unanswered goals in the two victories and Allen, who entered in relief of Brian Elliott against the Blackhawks, turned away 72 of the 73 shots he faced. 

“Unbelievable,” Blues defenseman Colton Parayko told reporters. “(Allen) held us in it all game. We had a couple 5-on-3’s and power plays we had to kill and he played phenomenal. He kept us in it all game. It was unreal.”

For the season, Allen is now 6-3 with a 1.71 goals-against average and .945 save percentage. After allowing nine goals in his first three starts, when the Blues went 1-2, Allen has allowed just six goals over his last six games (5-1). 

On Saturday, after taking the lead on a power-play goal from Parayko midway through the first period, Allen and the Blues had to withstand an early onslaught of shots from the Predators.

“This team is a very dangerous team we’re playing against,” Allen told reporters. “They are one of the best in the league for a reason. They like to throw pucks at the net and big bodies at the net. It was tough to find pucks tonight, but guys helped me out.”

Nashville recorded 12 shots in the first period, 19 in the second and then 14 in the third. 

The Blues broke the game open with three third-period goals — from Pietrangelo, Scottie Upshall and Alexander Steen. Steen’s goal, his eighth, pushed him one ahead of Vladimir Tarasenko for the team lead. 

St. Louis continues its four-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils (7-5-1, 15 points) on Tuesday night. 

NOTES: Scott Gomez recorded two assists in just 9:50 minutes of ice time, giving him 572 assists and 753 points in 1,054 career games. … Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played 19:00 minutes in his return after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. … Parayko is tied for the NHL lead in goals (five) by a defenseman and leads all rookie defensemen with his 10 points. 

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