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ST. LOUIS -- Carter Hutton did all the important work in the third period of the Blues win Saturday night.Hutton made 33 saves, including 15 in the final period when his teammates did not record a shot on goal, to help St. Louis beat the New York Rangers 3-2.Coach Ken Hitchcock liked what he saw from his new backup goalie, brought into spell Jake Allen after St. Louis traded away Brian Elliott over the summer. Allen and Elliott formed an outstanding tandem for the Blues last season.The goalie was outstanding there in the third period, Hitchcock said. He won us the game, which was great. Whether it was three games in four nights or the injuries there that depleted us, we needed our goalie there and he came through for us.In the third period we were running on fumes and we needed our goalie.Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for St. Louis. Tarasenko has three goals in three games for the Blues after netting 40 last season.St. Louis has begun the season with three straight wins for the fourth time. St. Louis also started 3-0-0 in 1969-70, 1993-94 and 2013-14.Hutton got his first win and made numerous tough saves in his first game with St. Louis. He signed to a two-year, $2.25 million free agent contract on July 1.Facing a barrage in the third period did not bother Hutton.You just battle, Hutton said. Just compete on everything. They got their chances and we were able to hold them off. Youre just in the moment. You know about the blood, sweat and tears that goes into this so youre in the mindset to just keep competing.The Rangers outshot St. Louis 35-18, with New Yorks Henrik Lundqvist making 15 saves.We created quite a few opportunities in the third and we should have been able to tie it up but their goaltender made the difference, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.The Blues scored quickly, taking a 1-0 lead just 1:13 into the game. Colton Parayko blocked a shot by J.T. Miller, then controlled the puck and fed Tarasenko at the blue line. His wrist shot from the low side of the left faceoff circle easily beat Lundqvist.Tarasenko deflected attention from himself to Hutton.Our goalie played great. Im happy with this win and for us to keep going, Tarasenko said. We see him in practice every day. Were lucky to have two good goalies.Lundqvist called Tarasenko one of the leagues best.Obviously the way the game started, it was tough to see that guy (Tarasenko) come down on a breakaway, Lundqvist said. I think hes one of the best in the league on the breakaway the way he shoots the puck. Hes so accurate and so hard. You would like to have a couple shots before you face that kind of breakaway.The Rangers tied it at 5:25 when Chris Kreider found a loose puck just outside the crease and knocked it past Hutton. It was Kreiders second goal this season. He is the only Ranger who recorded at least 20 goals in each of the last two seasons.Paul Stastny poked in a rebound of a shot by Robby Fabbri a 17:32, giving the Blues a 2-1 lead. It was the 100th point of Stastnys career.The Rangers went the last 11:40 of the first period without a shot on goal.Each team scored in the second period.A power-play goal gave St. Louis a 3-1 lead. Alex Pietrangelo got a pass from Stastny in the corner and blasted in a slap shot from the faceoff circle at 2:28 of the second period. Tarasenko also assisted on the goal.New York was able to kill off four other St. Louis power-play opportunities. The Rangers were 0 for 2 on the power play.Today comes down to special teams. We had a couple late power-play chances and they get one on theirs and thats the difference in a one-goal game, New York captain Ryan McDonagh said.Just 30 seconds later, the Rangers cut the lead to 3-2. With Scottie Upshall all over him, Mika Zibanejad scored on a backhander when Hutton failed to seal off space by the post.That was definitely not a good goal, right? Hutton said. Thats hockey. Whats done is done and I move on.The Blues had three players leave the game with upper body injuries. Center Kyle Brodziak left in the first period and center Jori Lehtera and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson both exited in the second period.Hitchcock gave no further update on the injuries, saying more information would come Monday. The players have a day off Sunday.New York defenseman Dan Girardi also left in the second period and did not return.Hes got a hip flexor and will know the severity tomorrow but at this time I would say hes a little bit more than day to day, Vigneault said.Game notes The Rangers were without Kevin Klein (back), who remains day to day. ... The Blues were without Jaden Schwartz (elbow). Schwartz skated with the Blues for a second straight day Saturday but is still on the same recovery timeline of four weeks. ... Allen was given the night off after starting 2-0-0 for the first time in his career. ... The game was the first of two meetings this season and the only one in St. Louis. The Blues will play Nov. 1 in New York.UP NEXTRangers: Return home Monday to play against the San Jose Sharks.Blues: Hit the road to play Tuesday at Vancouver against Canucks. Hydro Flask 18 Oz Sale . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. Hydro Flask Water Bottle Sale . -- The Magic have their first victory of the new year. http://www.hydroflaskaustraliasale.com/hydro-flask-coffee-australia.html .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. Cheap Hydro Flask .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Hydro Flask 40 Oz Sale .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. Cubs fan, Indians fan, neutral observer, homesick beat writer, wayward channel surfer, sleepy dog -- doesnt matter who you are, or why youre with us this October. When Joe Maddon walked out to the mound in the seventh inning Sunday night, pointed his left hand to the bullpen, and summoned hell and fire and filth and chaos into the fifth game of the World Series, you felt things.You felt confidence. You felt fear. You felt like you were seeing baseball players pushed to the brink of their abilities, and that something just might snap. You felt like a manager was choosing this moment to make a final stand. It was Neo stopping bullets, it was Anton Chigurh flipping a coin, it was Rocky drinking raw eggs, it was Danny Ocean laying out the plan. I submit that those feelings, our feelings, are going to make baseball managers smarter in the next 30 years than they have been in the past 30, because those feelings are every person on the fields feelings, too.Some background: What Maddon did -- bringing in his closer, Aroldis Chapman, to protect a one-run lead for eight whole outs -- is not unprecedented. I have in my hands a list of everything that has ever happened in a baseball game, and it says here that just two and a half weeks ago the Dodgers brought Kenley Jansen into the seventh inning to try to save Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. (He gassed out, setting up Clayton Kershaws save.) Brad Lidge attempted an eight-out save in the 2004 NLDS (but blew it), and there was Norm Charlton in the 95 American League Division Series (blew it), and, well, if you go back to the 1970s Rollie Fingers ...The list of recent examples drops off quickly, because this is an unconventional move. Controversial, even. It might have even been controversial within the small group of people standing on the mound at Wrigley Field when Joe Maddon handed over the baseball. Coming in to get a save of even four outs, Chapman said earlier this year, is not my favorite thing. To which Maddon said at the time, I did not know that. Not that it would matter.If its not Chapmans favorite thing, though, I suspect it is every one of his teammates favorite thing. I suspect every one of them was cheering.A lot of the decisions analysts wish teams would make are complicated sells. For instance, over the past few offseasons Ive spent a lot of time arguing against managers who go to their aces on short rest in the postseason, even in must-win games. The argument is simple: We have many dozens of examples of great pitchers going on short rest in recent years, and a convincing record of them being much worse than aces in those starts. So much worse that, for most pitching staffs, the fourth starter is probably a better option than a tired ace. (Kluber and the Indians three-man rotation are excepted.)This is a simple argument, but a complicated sell, because its an emotionally unappealing one. I can try to convince you with what the Greeks called Logos -- a logical appeal -- or I can try to convince you with what they called Ethos -- my sterling character -- but I will lose the argument soundly if it comes down to Pathos: emotional appeal. Its just more emotionally satisfying to go with the ace. The team wants it, the ace wants it, the fans want it -- the manager wants it.With Chapman in the seventh, though, I dont need charts with an appendix explaining leverage index to convince anybody. The argument is simple -- the game is on the line, and Chapman is the best, most exciting, most dominant, most intimidating option we have -- and so, too, is the sell: Wouldnt it be fun to see him here? You dont have to convince anybody to eat their dessert, and you dont have to convince them that Chapmans good and fun as heck.Maddons quote from August -- not that it matters -- is great, but for many managers, it does matter. For one thing, rigid and clear bullpen roles are often necessary for getting through a long season. They limit how often a reliever has to warm up for a game he isnt called into, they help relievers manage the emotions of exhausting high-leverage work. The hierarchy of the roles might have some benefit to the workplace politics, and so on.But managers over the past three decades havent just preferred rigid roles in their bullpens. Theyve built those roles around the save statistic. They do this in ways that are almost farcical sometimes: Not bringing the best reliever into the ninth inning of a tie game on the road, when a save situation might emerge later, but bringing him intto the ninth inning of a tie game at home, because a save has become impossible.dddddddddddd Or immediately bringing a closer into a five-run game with two outs in the ninth once the tying run is on deck -- that being, by the rulebook, a save situation, even though its also roughly 99.4 percent likely that this close game has already been decided.Theres nothing in it personally for the manager to collect his closer saves, and it seems suspicious that a half-century-old definition of a close game perfectly aligns with how almost every manager today determines closeness. So why do they follow the saves rules so close? They manage for the save because theyre managing people, and the people -- the closer and his teammates -- want to see him get those saves. To convince him otherwise, you can try Logos or you can try Ethos, but its probably going to require Pathos most of all. And if we start seeing enough games like this -- where its obvious that everybody is having fun, and where it works -- well see more of them. Mostly in the postseason, when the schedule allows it and the stakes demand it, but more frequently in the regular season so that relievers are prepared to do it in October.Maddon, for his part, prepared Chapman early in the day for what hed be asked to do. He talked to him before the game and told the closer he should be ready for the seventh inning. Chapman, once he took over, strutted around the mound and cheered along with the rest of Wrigley Field, clapping his fist into his glove after outs. When he ended the eighth with a strikeout -- stranding the tying run at third -- he straightened up and stood perfectly still for just a moment, as though posing. As though posing for a statue. As though posing to be remembered as a god.He seemed to be in good spirits after the game:He had reason to be happy. Besides the win, he starred in the most dramatic moments of this Series, and did something Mariano Rivera, Billy Wagner, Craig Kimbrel and Francisco Rodriguez never did. He saved not only the Cubs but the Series itself.Until Game 5, this Series had been one of the least memorable in recent history. In the past decade, 54 individual World Series games had been played before Sunday. By leverage index -- a measure for the relative stakes of each plate appearance -- three of this years games were snoozers, with two ranking in the bottom 10. Worse, the Indians were threatening to end the Series at five games. There might have been some non-Clevelanders exhausted enough to root for this outcome, but it would have guaranteed one of the most forgettable Series in recent decades.When Chapman came in, it meant that the Cubs would push this back to Cleveland for a sixth game, or the Indians would at least have to produce an instant classic to seal the victory. From an entertainment perspective if youre a baseball fan or looking to become a baseball fan, it was wonderful tonight, Maddon said after the game.If there was anything it was missing, from an entertainment perspective, it was Andrew Miller, for which we might also credit the natural human desire to want to see the best pitcher in the game at all times. On Saturday, Francona went to Miller in the seventh inning, with Cleveland up by three. It was probably an overreach -- with that sort of lead, and Miller perhaps running on fumes after a long and extraordinary month. It might have paid to gamble on Dan Otero or another reliever to try to avoid using Miller. (Hed pitched 1⅓ innings on Friday.) When Cleveland scored three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, Francona still sent him back out for the eighth, and he ultimately threw 27 pitches in a relative blowout. Miller was available on Sunday, but certainly not for one of the 46-pitch outings that hes built his legend around this month. Had he been -- had he taken Saturday off entirely

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