Blues win third in a row, beat Canadiens, 3-1

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues extended their win streak to three games and won for the fifth time in their past six games, but couldn't quite close out another shutout for Carter Hutton, beating Montreal, 3-1, on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.

Montreal scored with 67 seconds to go with a two-man advantage to deny Hutton his third shutout of the season. The win did improve his record to 13-4-1 and will lower his goals-against average, which was 1.74 at the start of the evening.

After Ivan Barbashev put the Blues ahead 1-0 in the second period, they got an insurance goal on the power play early in the third period when Patrik Berglund put in a rebound of a shot by Tage Thompson. It was the seventh goal of the season for Berglund.

The game had the potential to get scary in the closing minutes, when Colton Parayko, who had been called for just six penalty minutes all season, took a five-minute boarding penalty with 2:34 to play. Montreal pulled goalie Carey Price, giving it a 6-on-4 advantage, but eight seconds after Price got to the bench, Alexander Steen got the puck in his own and scored into the empty net.

Montreal pulled Price after the ensuing faceoff and scored with 1:07 to play, with Charles Hudon scoring in a scramble in front of the net after Vladimir Sobotka couldn't clear the puck.

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