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ST. LOUIS (AP) Connor Hellebuyck shut down the St. Louis
Blues – again.Hellebuyck made 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and
Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist in the Winnipeg
Jets‘ 4-0 victory Friday night.Hellebuyck has three shutouts in six career games
against St. Louis.”They’re nice and gritty and I think we like that style of
game Victor
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really work and grind teams down and I think they fit right into game role.”Nic
Petan and Patrik Laine also scored to help the Jets win for the fourth time in
five games.Jake Allen made 19 saves for the Blues. They are 0-4-1 in their last
five.”Just too many mistakes throughout 60 minutes, including myself,” Allen
said. ”You see the turnovers against a top team like that with tons of speed and
they shoved it back down our throats pretty quick. We need to limits those and
tonight it just kind of snowballed on us.”The Jets, with 81 points, have a solid
grasp of second place in the Central Division. The Blues, with 72 points, could
lose their hold of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a
Los Angeles or Calgary win Saturday.The Jets scored twice in a 44-second span
midway through the first to take control.Petan took advantage of Chris Butler’s
giveaway with 9:56 left in the first period. Mark Scheifele intercepted a poor
clearing attempt by Butler and found Petan. Wheeler made it 2-0 from an awkward
angle against Allen, who gave up two goals on the first four shots he faced. The
goal extended Wheeler’s scoring streak to seven games.”They came out strong, I
thought we came out a little flat,” Wheeler said. ”Bucky kept us in it and they
had a turnover there and it kind of got us rolling, got us on the board. We
started flowing a little bit from there.”Connor made it 3-0 with a power play
goal with 1:29 left in the first, chipping in a rebound off of a Wheeler shot.
Connor has scored four goals in his last three games.”We turned a couple of
(pucks) over early and then one of our offensive lines got in the penalty box
and he (Hellebuyck) made some saves on that PK that was good and gave us time to
get our legs going,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.Laine extended his goals
streak to four games, beating Allen clean from the right circle at 6:04 of the
second period.”I thought we came out with good jump,” Blues forward Alexander
Steen said. ”We let in a couple of goals and dug ourselves a hole. I think we
were a little spread out against a solid team. They play with good foundation to
their game and we got extremely spread out at times during the game.”Hellebuyck
made several key saves early as the Blues had the first seven shots of the game.
Hellebuyck also made tough saves on Brayden Schenn and Steen during a power play
late in the second.”Yeah, you know, hats off to the guys in front of me,”
Hellebuyck said. ”They’ve been blocking shots and giving me sight lines. Their
details are so good. I hope we never have to talk about the other way around.
Let’s keep it playing this well and I can keep telling my players that they’re
playing phenomenal in front of me.”FACE IN THE CROWDAce Frehley Yanni
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, the lead guitarist in Kiss, was at the game.NOTES:
The Blues placed D Robert Bortuzzo (left knee) on injured reserve. . Jets G
Michael Hutchinson backed up Hellebuyck after missing the last six games due to
a concussion. … The Blues scratched L Sammy Blais and C Oskar Sundqvist. The
Jets scrstched D Tucker Poolman and G Marko Dano.UP NEXTJets: At Dallas on
Saturday night.Blues: At Nashville on Sunday. CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto ended
the second-longest homer drought of his career with yet another Reds grand
slam.Votto homered for the first time in two months on Saturday, connecting for
Cincinnati’s 11th slam — one shy of the NL record — and the Reds beat the San
Diego Padres 7-2 in a game called because of rain in the top of the seventh
inning.The game started an hour early because of a foreboding forecast and was
played in a steady rain that intensified with one out in the top of the seventh.
Votto connected off Robbie Erlin (3-6) during a seven-run second inning for his
first homer since July 9. Votto had gone 36 games without a homer, not counting
his long ball in the All-Star Game. He spent time on the disabled list with a
sore knee during the span.After hitting 36 homers last season, Votto has only
10.“I didn’t know it was two months,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “I
knew he’d been stuck on nine for a while.”It was Votto’s second grand slam this
season and the fourth of his career. Scott Schebler’s slam during a 12-6 win on
Friday night set a franchise record of 10 in a season. The NL mark is 12 and the
major league record is 14.Erlin went three innings and gave up eight hits and
seven runs, all in the second inning. He struggled to control his pitches in the
rain.“It wasn’t just one pitch in particular, it was all of them,” Erlin
said.Matt Harvey (7-8) allowed Eric Hosmer’s two-run homer and escaped a
bases-loaded threat in the fourth. He fanned 10 in six innings, his highest
strikeout total since he fanned 10 at San Diego on May 8, 2016, and his ERA rose
to 4.87.“You’re working on your routine and then your coach calls and says the
game’s an hour and a half earlier,” Harvey said. “It was shocking, but you have
to go out and deal with it.”The teams were willing to move up the start time to
squeeze in a game with unrelenting rain in the forecast through Sunday. A
rainout would force the Padres to fly back from San Francisco on Sept. 27 for a
makeup game between last-place teams, and then fly home to finish the
season.Sunday’s game was pushed back three hours to 4:10 p.m., when rain is
forecast to ease.“We would love, love, love to get these games in here the next
couple days Auston
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the same boat here. I think everybody was willing to jump to give us that
chance.”The teams were coming off little rest. The Reds’ 12-6 win ended at 12:09
a.m. on Saturday because of a 2-hour, 37-minute rain delay.SLAM STUFFThe 1997
Braves and 2000 Cardinals hit 12 grand slams in a season, sharing the NL record.
The 2000 Athletics and 2006 Indians hit 14 for the major league record. … The
Reds’ 11 grand slams have been hit by Votto (two), Adam Duvall (two), Scooter
Gennett, Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker, starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani,
reliever Todd Lorenzen, Jose Peraza and Schebler.NO IFS, ANDS OR BUNTS ABOUT
ITFor the second game in a row, the Padres’ inability to field a bunt cost them.
Harvey bunted on a sacrifice attempt in the second inning, but third baseman Wil
Myers didn’t charge the ball, turning it into a single that set up Votto’s grand
slam. The Padres misplayed two bunts on Friday night during the 12-6 loss.“Wil’s
learning a brand new position,” Green said. “This guy’s never played third base.
There has to be some measure of patience and understanding.”WALK THIS WAYVotto
drew his 100th walk of the season. It’s his sixth season with at least 100
walks, tying Joe Morgan’s club record.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: Scooter Gennett was
out of the lineup with a sore right thigh. He missed Thursday’s game and went 0
for 5 on Friday.UP NEXTPadres: Jacob Nix (2-3) is to make his sixth career
start. He gave up five runs — matching his career high — during a 7-3 loss to
Colorado last Sunday.Reds: Tyler Mahle (7-9) is slated for his first start since
being called up from Triple-A. Mahle gave up six runs and lasted only 1 2/3
innings of a 10-4 loss to Washington on Aug. 2, prompting the demotion.
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