ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace believes the
formula to his recent success comes down to expecting a good result
when he takes to the ice.
He didn't have that feeling very often while the Blues muddled
through their first 30 games. Lately he has.
Legace stopped 33 shots and St. Louis won for the fifth time in
six games with a 2-0 victory over Colorado Avalanche on Saturday
night. He has allowed only nine goals during that span and all five
victories have come in regulation. The Blues had won twice in
regulation and four overall before their current streak.
"Goaltending is all confidence," he said. "And when you're
having confidence in the guys around you, your confidence grows."
Since returning from a concussion that sidelined him for about a
week, he has a 1.58 goals-against average in the past eight games.
The Blues haven't lost in regulation during those games and have
earned 13 of 31 points.
With Legace playing solidly in net, the Blues have also gotten
strong play out of their special teams. After scoring three times
on the power-play Friday night, St. Louis scored with the advantage
in the first and second periods to give Legace an early cushion.
Keith Tkachuk scored his 10th of the season when he knocked in a
rebound of Eric Brewer's slap shot midway through the first period.
Lee Stempniak added his 11th goal with a slap shot from the top of
the slot that rocketed past Peter Budaj and into the top of the
net. Budaj faced 22 shots.
Both teams fought off 5-on-3 opportunities in the second period.
St. Louis managed two shots with Pierre Turgeon (hooking) and Mark
Rycroft (tripping) in the box together for 1:44. The Blues took one
more shot during the final 16 seconds of Rycroft's penalty.
"That was the differential tonight, special teams," Colorado
coach Joel Quenneville said.
The Avalanche appeared to score midway through the third period.
However, the referees immediately declared no goal. A review by the
officials confirmed the puck slid under the back of the net after
St. Louis' Barret Jackman inadvertently lifted up the goal.
Tkachuk's goal came on the Blues' first shot. ... Both
teams failed to score on 5-on-3 opportunities in the second period.
... The Blues had not recorded a shutout since Jan. 23, when Curtis
Sanford blanked Vancouver.