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Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues shut out the New Jersey Devils

Jake Allen recorded his second straight shutout as the St. Louis Blues beat the host New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Tuesday night.

The the surging and streaking St. Louis Blues got another strong performance from goalie Jake Allen on Tuesday night, something that’s become a regular occurrence lately. 

Allen stopped all 24 shots he faced to record his second straight shutout and third of the season as the visiting Blues beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 at the Prudential Center. 

“He’s been playing good, but I can say that every night,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “He's been solid. He’s been that way for a while. He’s been aggressive in net, and that's a good thing.”

The Blues (11-3-1, 23 points) won their third straight game, all on the road, and their sixth in seven games — and Allen has played a key role in each of those victories. 

Allen is 6-1 over his last seven games and 7-3 overall this season with a 1.53 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. His goals-against average and save percentage both ranking second in the NHL among qualifying goalies. He has now stopped 96 straight shots and gone 165 minutes and 59 seconds since allowing his last goal. 

“Each time I get on the ice I feel more at ease and more comfortable,” Allen told reporters. “I’ve said before, the more games I play, the better I feel and that's been the scenario since last year. There will be some bumps in the road, but it’s going the way I want it to go right now.”

The Blues got goals on Tuesday night from two surprising sources, recent veteran signee Martin Havlat and recent American Hockey League call-up Magnus Paajarvi

Havlat, playing his first game with the Blues against his former team, scored in the second period off assists from Scott Gomez and Troy Brouwer. Gomez and Havlat were teammates on the Devils last year and both were signed by St. Louis after professional tryouts.

“Marty is a good, smart player,” Hitchcock said. “That whole line was good. The way we’ve been going, he really helps us. He was a good get for us. He's a good fit.”

Paajarvi, playing in his third game with the Blues after being recalled from the Chicago Wolves, scored his first goal of the season in the third period, assisted by Dmitrij Jaskin and Alex Pietrangelo

It looked like the Devils (8-6-1, 17 points) may have finally beat Allen with a shot from Damon Severson near the end of the third period, but it was rule the puck did not cross the goal line before time expired.

The Blues will close out their four-game road trip against the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers (11-2-2, 24 points) at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

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