St. Louis 4, Florida 1

Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Florida 9-6-0-3 2-2-0-3 7-4-0-0 L1
St. Louis 10-7-0-1 7-1-0-1 3-6-0-0 W3


David Backes scored twice and defenseman Kris Russell netted his second goal in three games with St. Louis as the Blues continued to sizzle under Ken Hitchcock with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Chris Porter broke a 1-1 tie in the second period with his first goal of the season. Backes scored in the first period and added an empty-netter as the Blues improved to 4-0-1 under Hitchcock and won for the seventh time in nine home games.

Mike Santorelli scored in the first period for Florida, which had its four-game road winning streak snapped. Russell, who was acquired from Columbus on Friday, tipped in a beautiful feed from Vladimir Sobotka to finish off a 2-on-1 at 9:46 of the third period to give the Blues a 3-1 lead.

The Blues have not allowed a goal in the second or third period since Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne as coach on Nov. 6. Porter surprised Theodore between his pads with a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot off a turnover for an unassisted goal at 5:48.

Both first-period goals were also unassisted and came directly off turnovers. Backes made it 1-0 when he beat Theodore with a wrist shot over his glove shoulder at 6:04 before Santorelli send a wrist shot past Halak’s catcher at 13:07.

The Blues were without right wing Chris Stewart, who served the first of his three-game suspension for hitting Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall from behind into the boards Tuesday.

Top Game Performances

Florida   St. Louis
Mike Santorelli 1 Points David Backes 2
Mike Santorelli 1 Goals David Backes 2
Mike Santorelli 0 Assists Jamie Langenbrunner 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jose Theodore .900 Save Percentage Jaroslav Halak .952
Jose Theodore 27 Saves Jaroslav Halak 20

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Florida 21 1 0-3 3-3 10 29
St. Louis 31 4 0-3 3-3 21 30

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play its next game on the road against Minnesota. The Blues have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Florida will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Panthers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .667 after a loss.
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