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St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander  Steen scored his 27th goal of 
the  season and Jaroslav  Halak stopped 23 shots for his fourth shutout of the 
campaign,  as the  St. Louis Blues  blanked the  New Jersey  Devils, 3-0,  on 
Tuesday at Scottrade Center. 

Brenden  Morrow  and Maxim  Lapierre registered  a goal  apiece for St. Louis, 
which  has won  three straight since an embarrassing 7-1 setback in New Jersey 
on Jan. 21. 

Cory  Schneider  recorded 22 saves  for the Devils, who  were coming off a 7-3 
loss to the rival New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. 

"I  thought  we played a pretty  solid road game," Schneider said. "Right now, 
solid isn't good enough against the elite teams in the league." 

After  killing off  an early  New  Jersey power  play, St.  Louis cracked  the 
scoreboard  3:25  into the opening  frame as Steen  finished off a 3-on-2 rush 
with  a  wrister from the  slot that deflected  off a defender before slipping 
past Schneider for a 1-0 lead. 

"It  was a huge  kill," Halak said of keeping New Jersey off the board despite 
the  early power play. "It gave us a boost and I was happy we were able to get 
the first (goal) tonight." 

Following  a  scoreless second  stanza, the Blues  created some breathing room 
with  a  power-play goal near the  midpoint of the third, as Morrow redirected 
Jay Bouwmeester's right point blast under Schneider's glove at 9:42. 

Lapierre  potted an  empty netter with 2:08 remaining to account for the final 
margin. 

                                   Game Notes 

Steen's  goal was his 100th as a member of the Blues ... St. Louis improved to 
19-5-2  at home, while  the Devils dropped to 10-14-5 as the guest this season 
...  St. Louis  center  Patrik Berglund  notched two  assists  ... New  Jersey 
finished  0-for-4  on the power  play ... Halak's shutout  was the 29th of his 
career. 

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