lues' Allen, Steen leading resurgence and win streak

2:45 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald (10) is congratulated by right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) and left wing Alexander Steen (20) for scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Blues 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) -- It appears the Blues are emerging out of their rut as they are now riding a three game victory streak following their win in Vancouver on Sunday.

T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald scored during the shootout phase, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, at Rogers Arena.

Jake Allen, made his third NHL start, made 28 stops to help the Blue sweep a three-game road trip. McDonald and Oshie also scored during regulation and Patrik Berglund also lit the lamp for St. Louis, which also topped Calgary and Detroit during the trek.

Tonight the Blues are back home to face the San Jose Sharks who will try and stop there own free fall.  The Sharks fast start to the shrunken season appears to have evaportated since the start of February.  The Sharks have lost seven straight and are still looking for their first win in February.

Jake Allen has certainly got the bosses attention when it counted most. With the Blues losing Jaroslav Halak to injury and co-starter Brian Elliott growing inconsistent, Allen not only stepped up to fill in, but helped end a losing streak, which is impressive for any rookie.

He had a 2.58 goals-against average on the road trip and made 28 saves in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win against the Canucks.
But as NHL.com reports, with Halak now healthy, it's up to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock to find playing time for both - and he says he will. St. Louis will visit Colorado on Wednesday night.

"(Allen) has really helped stabilize us," Hitchcock said. "He's just a solid guy. There's no holes in his game. It's a big step for us."
Also Blues fans should keep an eye on Blues winger Alexander Steen. Steen is red-hot right now with four goals and eight points over the past five games.

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