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Halak posts another shutout as Blues blank Oilers

Jan 20, 2012 - 5:35 AM
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jaroslav Halak stopped all 15 shots he faced to earn his third shutout in his last four starts as the St. Louis Blues took a 1-0 decision over the Edmonton Oilers.

Alex Pietrangelo notched the lone goal of the game for the Blues, winners in seven of their last eight games. St. Louis also stretched its single-season club record of home games with a point to 14.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 38-of-39 shots as Edmonton dropped its seventh game in eight tries.

"They just kept coming at us, wave after wave all night," said Edmonton defenseman Andy Sutton. "They had a heavy forecheck going the whole team and we didn't weather it well."

Pietrangelo's game-winner came with 5:14 left in regulation when he grabbed the puck to the left of the net after a flurry of St. Louis shots and swept around the back of the net before sneaking a wraparound inside the right post.

"It was a big relief to score there because we had so many chances in the game," said Halak. "Nice to keep things rolling here, especially for the fans."

Halak's toughest test came in the second period when he faced seven Edmonton shots.

The struggling Oilers, though, could not find an answer to the six-year pro as Halak improved to 10-0-3 in his last 13 starts.

He made four saves in the first period and four in the third.

Game Notes

Halak recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the Blues' league-leading ninth overall. The goaltender hasn't lost in regulation since November 22...St. Louis set a season-high for shots in a period with 19 in the first...The Blues went 0-for-5 on the power play.