Jake Allen (Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)
Blues goaltender Jake Allen has been trying to secure the No. 1 job in St. Louis and his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Tuesday, Allen absolutely robbed Los Angeles King Anze Kopitar. The Blues were shutout by the Kings for Allen’s first loss in his past four starts.
Throughout 2014-15, Blues netminder Jake Allen looked just about ready to steal the starting job in St. Louis, but never has he looked more ready than during his current stretch of play between the pipes.
Heading into Tuesday night’s tilt with the Los Angeles Kings, Allen had won three straight games, turned aside 77 of the 80 shots he had faced, posted one shutout and was turning in stellar performances each night. And though the Blues had their three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday by the Los Angeles Kings, Allen turned in one of the best stops of the season so far.
With the Kings on the power play early in the first period, the puck deflected to the stick of Anze Kopitar, who had almost an entire net to shoot at. Kopitar labelled a shot for the back of the net and was absolutely robbed by Allen, who reached out his glove and took the sure goal away:
Did you catch Kopitar at the 19-second mark of the clip? You can clearly see him say, “wow,” as he stands behind the net in disbelief at the save by Allen. That’s the same way we feel.
Allen would go on to stop 31 of the 33 shots he faced on the evening, but the Blues were unable to muster any goals in support of their netminder. When the final whistle went, the Kings had added an empty-net goal to take home a 3-0 victory.
Of the 32 goaltenders to play at least 250 minutes at 5-on-5 this season, Allen now ranks ninth with a .937 save percentage after Tuesday’s game.