Blues drop second game of back-to-back with Jets

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St. Louis had an up-and-down week without him, going 2-2 but struggling to find consistent scoring, particularly on the power play, where they went 0 for 8 on the week until a 2 for 5 showing in Saturday night's home win over the Jets. Netminder Steve Mason had the road loss.

Pietrangelo is tied for third in goals and ranks eighth in points among National Hockey League defensemen this season.

Jake Allen was back in goal for St. Louis and finished with 42 saves in the loss.

"Anytime we gave up something Hutton was there", Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "We're typically one of the top team for shot suppression, chance suppression. A little bit too easy to play against the last couple games".

BC-HKN-Blues-Jets, 1st Ld-Writethru, 531 Hellebuyck stops 24 shots, Jets beat Blues 4-0AP Photo WPGT120, WPGT119, WPGT118, WPGT115, WPGT109, WPGT108, WPGT111, WPGT114, WPGT112, WPGT113, WPGT107, WPGT101Eds: Jets 4, Blues 0.

Defenceman Alex Pietrangelo was back in action after the captain missed four games with a lower-body injury. With both Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester sidelined in the past week, Schmaltz has appeared in three games for the Blues, averaging 14 minutes 16 seconds of ice time including some power-play duty Thursday against Anaheim and Saturday against Winnipeg.

"Coming to the game I was a little more nervous, excited, kind of mixed emotions", Hutton said.

ABOUT THE BLUES (22-10-2): Tarasenko has had plenty of success against Winnipeg of late, recording seven goals and seven assists in the last 12 games. "I don't think we played in the offensive zone enough tonight to kind of tire them out".

Vladimir Tarasenko and Vince Dunn scored for St. Louis, which snapped a two-game skid.

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Winnipeg forward Brandon Tanev sacrificed his body for Lowry's goal at 4:32 of the second period. The puck popped loose, Copp picked it up and sent a pass to Lowry in the crease.

Winnipeg scored its first goal with 15:28 to go in the second.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Pietrangelo has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 30 games this season.

Morrissey then made it 4-0 less than two minutes later with his shot from the high slot.

"When you lose games you're always looking for things you don't like, but there were an very bad lot of things offensively that we were good, sharp and fast at", Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

The Blues were able to survive a Winnipeg onslaught in the second period on Saturday night, but they couldn't do it two days in a row. "They handled it the right way", Maurice said. "You need to stay in the game, the style of game you play best and they did that". (They are off until Wednesday when their four-game Canada swing continues in Calgary.) The Blues have been one of the best teams in the league in five-on-five, but they have just one five-on-five goal in those four games.

Winnipeg went 1 for 4 on the power play while St. Louis was 0 for 4.

The Jets head out on a three-game road trip, starting Tuesday in Nashville.