Posted December 31, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots for his ninth career shutout and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Saturday night. Johan Franzen, Justin Abdelkader, Jiri Hudler scored for Detroit, which won its 12th consecutive home game, two short of the team record. It was the Red Wings' second win over the Blues at Joe Louis Arena in five days. One of Howard's best saves came with 7:44 left in the first period when he denied Matt D'Agostini from in front and to Howard's left with a glove save right on the goal line just inside the post. Howard, who has four shutouts this season, also made a blocker save on a deflection by Jason Arnott with a little under nine minutes left. Brian Elliott made 28 saves for St. Louis, which came closest to scoring when Carlo Colaiacovo hit the post on a shot from the point during a power play early in the third period. Franzen opened the scoring 7:28 into the second period when he cut in from the left wing, skated across the sl...
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