The Detroit Red Wings begin their four game road trip with a 2-1 loss against the St.Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center. Jimmy Howard got the start for the Red Wings tonight, his ninth straight start. Detroit were winners of four straight and second in the Central Divison, six points behind the Division leading Chicago Blackhawks.
Detroit began the scoring in the first period with a Justin Abdelkader goal just over six minutes into the first period. Abdelkader from behind the net tried a wrap around shot, but it looked like it bounced around in front of the net with Drew Miller right there trying to poke it in, but Abdelkader was credited with the goal, his second of the year, assisted by Miller. The Red Wings would go on a five minute power play just over eleven minutes into the first period when St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart cross checked Nikals Kronwall head first into the board's head first. Stewart was given a game misconduct and was ejected from the game. Kronwall was helped off the ice but would return later in the second period. The Wings could not capitalize on the power play and would go 0 for 6 on the power play for the night.
Seventeen minutes into the first period the Blues would tie up the game with a goal on the power play by Matt D'Agostini, his fifth of the year, assisted by Bergland and Shattenkirk. With a flurry in front of Howard, D'Agostini picked up the loose puck and drove a shot past Howard to tie the score up at one goal a piece.
In the second period, the Blues would take the lead when the Wings couldn't clear the puck out of their own zone. Johan Franzen couldn't clear the puck out of the zone and Alex Steen intercepted the clear and drove a wrist shot past Howard blocker side to make the score 2-1, Steen's seventh of the year.
Detroit would have 3 straight power plays in the third period but would not convert on any of them. A rash of penalties late in the period would dash the Red Wings hope at a comeback. Brian Elliot who got the start for the Blues tonight, came up huge stopping 21 shots.
Detroit was out shot by the Blues 37-22. Red Wings lose by a final score of 2-1 ending their winning streak.
The Red Wings next game is Thursday night out west against the San Jose Sharks.
Side note: Abdelkader's goal was changed to Drew Miller.