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Brian Elliott Leads St. Louis Blues in Road Win over Detroit Red Wings

Brian Elliott and a pair of young forwards stepped up in the St. Louis Blues' road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

The injury-depleted St. Louis Blues took another hit on Wednesday night when rookie defenseman Colton Parayko became a late scratch due to illness, leaving the team with just five defensemen. 

But like they’ve found a way to do at different points this season, the Blues adjusted and still discovered a way to emerge with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Lewis Arena. 

“We changed our structure,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “The guys are able to adapt. We didn’t change our system, we changed the way we play in our own zone, and the way we play through the defense. We did it in Anaheim and did it in L.A., so we know how to do it now.”

The Blues (28-15-7, 63 points) have won three straight games and five of six following a season-high five-game losing streak. 

On Wednesday night, it was another strong performance from goalie Brian Elliott and goals from young forwards Ty Rattie and Dmitrij Jaskin that made the difference.

Rattie scored his third goal in four games with 1:59 left in the first period when a shot from Alex Pietrangelo ricocheted off the forward’s leg and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

“I’ll take them any way I can get them,” Rattie told reporters. “I didn’t see it, but it went off my shin pad.”

Jaskin scored with 7:47 left in the third period after slicing through the Red Wings (23-15-8, 54 points) defense for his third goal of the season. 

That would prove to be an even bigger goal when Henrik Zetterberg scored a power-play goal through a screen with 2:13 remaining. 

But Elliott, who stopped 29 of 30 shot attempts, was able to prevent the Red Wings from netting the equalizer goal in the remaining seconds and secure the Blues’ third straight victory. 

“Everything he saw he stopped,” Blues captain David Backes told reporters. “He kept us in the game and we were able to reward him with a couple of goals and get him the win.”

The Blues continue their three-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche (24-21-3, 51 points) on Friday night. They will then play the red-hot rival Chicago Blackhawks (32-13-4, 68 points) on Sunday night in the final game before the all-star break.

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