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ST. LOUIS -- Jaroslav Halak needed a wakeup call. He got one in the form of a disallowed goal. Halak made 22 saves, and Alexander Steen scored twice to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. Steen has 19 goals this season, one behind Washingtons Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead. Vladimir Sobotka also scored for the Blues, who are 9-1-1 in their last 11 and 12-2-1 in the last 15. They have won six straight against Minnesota by a combined score of 20-7. The Wild were shut out for the first time this season and lost only their second game in the last eight. Minnesota (15-6-4) is still off to its best start with 34 points in its first 25 games. Halak improved to 13-3-2 with his third successive win. He robbed Zenon Konopka from close range late in the second period and earned his second shutout of the season and 27th of his NHL career. The Wild managed just 10 shots over the first two periods, but tested Halak with 12 shots in the final 20 minutes. "The first two periods, no action for me," Halak said. "I needed to stay focused. It wasnt easy." Minnesota appeared to take a 1-0 lead when Zach Parise deflected a shot behind Halak just 30 seconds into the game. The on-ice officials ruled he tipped the puck with a high stick. After a lengthy review, the call stood. Parise was certain that the goal should have counted. "There is no way my stick was over the crossbar," he said. "Im 5-10 and I dont think the stick was over my waist. "Thats just the wrong call." Parise sustained a bruised left foot on a shot by Steen in the first period. Parise played three shifts into the second period before leaving the game. "Well find out more (Tuesday)," said Parise, who was walking with a noticeable limp after the game. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo agreed that the goal should have counted. "To me, it was clear that it was a goal," he said. "Its fair to say (after that) we came unraveled." Halak was not sure if Parises stick was high enough to disallow the goal. "It was one of those lucky bounces on our side," he said. "If it was a little bit lower, it would have been a goal. Not giving up a goal like that is huge. It would have been a big boost for them." The Blues needed just 50 seconds to parlay the early break into a 1-0 lead. Sobotka converted off a shot by Carlo Colaiacovo at 1:20. Sobotka also scored the first goal 1:39 into a 6-1 win over Dallas on Saturday. "We talked about it, that we needed a fast start and we needed to play hard," Sobotka said. "I think we did a good job of that." Steen broke out of four-game goal drought by pounding in the rebound of Jay Bouwmeesters shot midway through the first period to give the Blues a 2-0 lead. Steen added an empty-net goal with 1:22 left. "We did a good job of getting pucks through," Steen said. "I thought it was a good game." Both of the Blues first-period goals came on rebounds of shots from long range. "I thought it was of one the best games weve played five-on-five," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We did a lot of good things." Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom, who started in place of Josh Harding, fell to 2-2-2. Harding is day-to-day with a groin injury. The Wild concluded a four-game road trip at 2-2. St. Louis has a franchise record 37 points through its first 23 games. NOTES: St. Louis D Kevin Shattenkirk missed the game because of the flu. ... Minnesota LW Mike Rupp made his season debut after missing 24 games due to off-season knee surgery. He finished with two shots on goal in 5:07. ... This was the first of five meetings between the new Central Division rivals. ... The Blues lead the NHL with a plus-32 goal differential. ... St. Louis LW Ryan Reaves underwent surgery Monday for a broken bone in his right hand. Reaves, who leads the team with 69 hits, is expected to miss at least six weeks. ... Minnesota has failed to score on its last 11 power plays against the Blues. 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He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in Sundays final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4.DETROIT - When Mike Ilitch was asked about the ramifications of another huge financial commitment by his Detroit Tigers, the octogenarian owner looked down for a couple seconds as if checking his wallet.Yeah, Im OK, Ilitch said. Ive got some 20s in there.The Tigers finalized a $68 million, four-year deal with Victor Martinez on Friday, keeping the slugging designated hitter in the middle of their lineup after he finished second in the AL MVP race this year.Martinez hit .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs, helping Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title. Detroit agreed to the lucrative deal less than six weeks before Martinezs 36th birthday, showing the Tigers still are willing to spend big in pursuit of their first World Series championship since 1984.You know how I feel Ive felt the same way since Ive had the club. I love baseball, Ilitch said. Im very, very fortunate to be an owner of a major league team. Im just a happy man.Martinez shared Ilitchs upbeat outlook after reaching a deal with Detroit relatively early in the off-season. The switch-hitter has batted over .300 in eight of his last nine seasons, not counting 2012, when he missed the whole season with a knee injury. His bat carried the Tigers at times in 2014.Im just real excited for this great opportunity to get my dream complete, which is winning a World Series, Martinez said. I have never been on a team like this.Martinez will make $14 million next season and $18 million annually over the following three years. He can list 10 teams he cant be traded to without consent, and after the 2015 season he would have the right to block any trade as a 10-year veteran who has been with his current club for five years.Detroit began its streak of AL Central titles after signing Martinez heading into the 2011 season, and he was instrumental this year. The Tigers cllearly had little interest in trying to replace him, and he was happy to return.dddddddddddd Team president Dave Dombrowski recounted a conversation he had with Martinez at the ballpark earlier this year.He says, Ive never done anything like this before, and maybe Im not supposed to do this because my agents may not like this, Dombrowski said. But he said, I want you to know how much I want to be a Detroit Tiger. I dont want to go anywhere after this contract. This is like my home. ... He came and he grabbed me and had that conversation on his own.Detroit has spent heavily in recent years to keep stars Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Anibal Sanchez and now Martinez. The Tigers edged Kansas City by one game this year in the division, then were swept in the AL Division Series by Baltimore.Right-hander Max Scherzer is a free agent, and its not at all clear whether the Tigers will be able to hold onto him, but Detroit has wasted little time trying to take care of other priorities this off-season. The Tigers traded for centre fielder Anthony Gose earlier this week, and they have also signed reliever Joel Hanrahan to a minor league deal.Dombrowski said the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agent outfielder Torii Hunter. He also said hes fairly optimistic about the bullpen, which was a trouble spot this year. Hard-throwing right-hander Bruce Rondon missed this whole season with a torn ligament in his right elbow, but Dombrowski is confident hell be back.I like our club, but were only in the middle of November, so were not going to fold up tent at this point, Dombrowski said. Weve still got a long way to go so well see what happens. The good part is we filled the void in the middle of our lineup with a left-handed hitter, we got somebody to play centre field that can really go get the ball. But we can get better. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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