Gunnarsson scores, Hutton posts another shutout as Blues beat Sabres, 1-0

Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Carter Hutton posted his second shutout in his past four starts and his third of the season and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson had the only goal as the Blues beat the Sabres, 1-0, on Saturday.

Gunnarsson, who had been a healthy scratch the previous three games, scored with 5:41 remaining on a shot through traffic that hit the bar and went in after Paul Stastny had won a faceoff. It was the fifth goal this season for Gunnarsson, a career high, and the 25th assist for Stastny, who has reached that number in 10 of his 11 full seasons in the league.

It was a frantic finish for the Blues after Gunnarsson was called for interference with 2:26 to play. That gave Buffalo a chance to tie the game with an extra man on the ice, and the team had two extra players for about a minute after it pulled goalie Robin Lehner.

Hutton continued his run of outstanding play, extending his right leg to block a shot by Sam Reinhart with the bottom of his skate with 23 seconds to play. Then after an icing call on the Blues with 8.1 seconds left, Ryan O'Reilly won the faceoff but Rasmus Ristolainen's shot hit the crossbar just ahead of the buzzer.

The win came on the final game of the Blues' two-game Dad's Trip, with many of the players' fathers, including the parents of Hutton and Gunnarsson, on hand.

Hutton stopped all 27 shots he faced and has allowed just two goals in his past four games, all wins. In that span, he's stopped 121 of 123 shots he's faced, a .984 save percentage. It was the 11th shutout of his career.

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The Blues had 33 shots on goal and managed to get a split while scoring just two goals in two games.

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