INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Former Kansas City Mavericks players Conner Bleackley and Ville Husso turned in impressive performances to help the St. Louis Blues earn an exhibition victory over the Washington Capitals Friday night in Washington D.C.
Husso was named second star of the game after turning in a 27-save shutout, remaining perfect through four full periods plus one overtime session this preseason.
Notably, Husso stopped three shots from Nicklas Backstrom, four from T.J. Oshie and he stoned Tom Wilson on a fantastic scoring chance early en route to securing the shutout.
A fourth round pick by the Blues in the 2014 NHL Draft, Husso backstopped the Mavericks in 13 games last season, posting season marks of a 3.23 Goals Against Average with a .910 Save Percentage. He also played in 22 games with AHL Chicago last season.
Bleackley scored his first goal at the NHL level, beating Washington goalie Braden Holtby in the first period to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead.
Bleackley played in 14 games for the Mavericks during the 2016-17 season, posting 17 points (7G+10A) in 14 games. He spent the majority of last season with AHL Chicago, tallying 10 points (2G+8A) in 48 games.
A former first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, Bleackley corralled a rebound and beat Holtby glove side with 1:41 remaining in the first period.
Holtby, a mainstay between the pipes for the Washington Capitals, has been a Vezina Trophy finalist in each of the past two seasons and won the award in 2016. The Vezina Trophy is awarded to the best goalie in the NHL at the league’s end-of-season award ceremony. Last year, Holtby boasted a 0.925 Save Percentage and 2.07 Goals Against Average while collecting 42 wins in the regular season.
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