Same old song for Jets against Blues in St. Louis

Jets defenceman Mark Stuart (left) checks Blues centre Steve Ott off the puck during second period...

Jets defenceman Mark Stuart (left) checks Blues centre Steve Ott off the puck during second period action in St. Louis on Monday, March 17, 2014. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - If you were looking for a reason the St. Louis Blues are leading the NHL in wins and points and have basically manhandled the Central Division, this was exhibit A.

No, this wasn’t a blowout by any means, but the Blues were relentless on the forecheck and stifling defensively, limiting the scoring chances against as they rolled to a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night at Scottrade Centre.

With the game tied 1-1 and Evander Kane sitting in the box serving an undisciplined slashing minor, Ian Cole’s point shot was blocked by Mark Stuart but landed right on the stick of David Backes for what proved to be the game-winner as the Blues captain cored his 22nd of the season.

Backes was awarded his 23rd of the season when he was hauled down by Jacob Trouba, with the Jets’ net empty in favour of the extra attacker.


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