Jake Allen named NHL’s second star of the week

ST. LOUIS — It took an injury to Carter Hutton to get him back between the pipes, but Jake Allen has certainly seized the opportunity.

Allen, who had been mired in a long slump before coming back to replace Hutton after the latter suffered a neck injury in a morning skate March 8, has gone 7-2-0 since resuming the starting role. And he was at his best last week, when he went 3-0-0 and earned NHL second star of the week honors.

Allen allowed just three goals on 76 shots last week, logging a 2-1 win over Boston on Wednesday, a 4-1 win over Vancouver on Friday and a 2-1 win over Columbus on Saturday. Among goalies who made multiple starts last week, Allen ranked second in goals-against average (1.00) and third in save percentage (.961).

Over the Blues‘ last nine games, during which time the Blues have worked their way back into a playoff spot, Allen is tied for third in the league in goals-against average (2.00) and is 14th in save percentage (.926).

Oilers forward Connor McDavid and Jets forward Kyle Connor were named first and third star, respectively, for last week.


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