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Allen shines in goal as Blues win on road again, beat Stars 3-1

Allen shines in goal as Blues win on road again, beat Stars 3-1

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Blues goaltender Jake Allen blocks a shot from Dallas forward Jamie Benn (between Blues defenders) in the second period on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

The Blues' mastery on the road -- and Jake Allen's mastery there too -- continued on Friday as the Blues beat the Stars 3-1 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Blues have points in nine straight road games, with a 7-0-2 record. The challenge for the Blues is they now have to come home to play Pittsburgh at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

"It was (a) really good (defensive effort) for a lot of the game," coach Craig Berube said. "We gave up some chances, but Jake was excellent. They're one of the better teams in the league and I thought it was an excellent game by us. Theyve' been on a roll the last 10, 11 games.

"I thought we managed the puck really well, we were real patient in the offensive zone, keeping it, working, making their skill players play in their end, which is frustrating for the other team."

The Blues carried a 1-0 lead late into the third period, when Dallas' Roope Hintz scored with 3:11 to play to tie the game. The goal came just nine seconds after Hintz left the penalty box for high sticking.

But the Blues responded very quickly. Eighteen seconds later, Ivan Barbashev fed Ryan O'Reilly in a two-on-one and scored for the first time since Nov. 9.

"I'm still very frustrated," O"Reilly said. "I'm not contributing offensively like I need to but we're still winning hockey games. ... I have to be an offensive threat, with injuries we have -- tough losses. If I can do more like that, get the puck in the back of the net, we have a better chance to win."

Allen stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced, and some of them were spectacular. Allen is 4-0-2 on the road this season and came into the game with a .915 save percentage there, compared to .833 in his one game at home this season.

"Give all the guys in the room a lot of credit," Allen said. "We're down a lot of players, guys sticking to system, they don't sway at all. It's been really impressive the last two games, against good hockey teams. We worked the puck down low. It was impressive to watch from my end."

This was the Blues first game without Oskar Sundqvist, as he joined forwards Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and Sammy Blais on the injured list. Nathan Walker and Derrick Pouliot made their Blues debuts on Friday, Walker playing on the fourth line and Pouliot on defense because Carl Gunnarsson was sick and Robert Bortuzzo is suspended.

"That's never an issue because of the character of our team," Berube said. "Our organization has done a great job of signing players that can come up and do the job up here. We've got a deep farm team, whether we're drafting or free agent signings like Walker and Pouliot."

"It shows our depth," O'Reilly said. "It's not easy for guys to come in and adopt our style. It's impressive how they're able to do that. It shows the depth we have and shows if we do the right thing, we have chances to win."

The Blues went 2-0-1 on the trip that also took them to Nashville and Tampa Bay.

Dallas pulled goalie Ben Bishop with about 1:40 to go, and Barbashev finished up the scoring with an empty net goal. Barbashev has one goal and four assists in his past two games.

"Barby's on a roll right now," Berube said. "I hope it continues. He's doing a lot of good things."

Colton Parayko scored to give the Blues an early lead, something they haven't seen much of lately, and that first period goal was still the only one in the game as the Blues led the Stars 1-0 after two periods.

The Blues have given up the first goal in six of their past seven games, the only exception being their 5-0 win over Calgary. The Blues are 3-2-2 in those seven games.

Not only is it unusual for the Blues to be ahead, but it's also unusual for Allen, who is starting in goal, to have the lead. In Allen's six starts so far this season, the opponent has scored the first goal.

Allen kept the Blues ahead in the second period with some great saves on Dallas, especially on a flurry of shots early in the second that was capped by Allen getting his arm in front of a shot by Justin Dowling. The Blues outshot Dallas 21-18 through two periods.

It looked like the Blues had gone up 2-0 on a goal by Nathan Walker as he stuffed in a rebound of his own shot at the post, but Dallas challenged the play and on review, Walker was clearly offside and the goal came off the board.

Dowling was assessed a penalty late in the second, the only penalty in the first two minutes, and the Blues will have 38 seconds of power play to start the third period.

Parayko scored with 4:19 to go in the first period. He skated the puck out from behind the net out to the blueline and took a shot that found its way through some traffic and a screen by Zach Sanford to go in. Parayko's only other goal this season was against Arizona on Nov. 12.

The Blues outshot Dallas 11-5 in the period and had a 21-12 edge in shot attempts. 

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