The Blues ended their four-game road trip with a 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
“The best period we played all year on the road was the first period and we were down 3-0,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “I thought for sure with the way we were playing, we were really dominating the offensive zone. I thought we were going to win for sure.”
The Blues (11-4-1, 23 points) had won three straight and six of their last seven, with Allen playing a key role in each of those wins.
The Rangers (12-2-2, 26 points) scored three goals on just five shots against the St. Louis goalie, ending his night early as he was replaced by Brian Elliott late in the first period.
Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes each scored in the first 14:38.
The Blues answered with a goal from Dmitrij Jaskin, his first of the season, just two minutes later. Then Vladimir Tarasenko tallied his eighth of the year early in the second period to trim the deficit to 3-2.
J.T. Miller put the Rangers ahead by two goals when he scored midway through the second period, and then Troy Brouwer answered with a power-play goal to cut the lead to 4-3.
It looked like the Blues might be able to roar back once again, but they couldn’t.
The Rangers scored twice in the third period — a power-play goal from Ryan McDonagh, followed by an even-strength goal from Dan Girardi — to pull away for their seventh straight victory.
“I thought we were going to win this one,” Blues forward Alexander Steen told reporters. “We still had a really good vibe and a really good push.”
The Blues are back in action on Saturday night at home against the rival Chicago Blackhawks (8-7-1, 17 points) at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks have lost three of their last four, including a 6-5 overtime loss to the Blues on Nov. 4.