Jake Allen makes 38 saves, Blues beat Hitchcock-led Stars

Jake Allen and the Blues did everything they could to spoil former coach Ken Hitchcock’s return to St. Louis.

Allen made 38 saves and the Blues used three first-period goals to beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 in their home opener on Saturday night.

“We capitalized on our chances there,” Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson said of the first-period flurry. “I think Snake (Jake Allen) was good back there. He helped us out a ton, especially on their power play. He had a couple big saves in the second and third period. A lot of credit to Jake, but I think we played a pretty good game over 60 minutes.”

Gunnarsson, Joel Edmundson and Jaden Schwartz all scored in a five-minute span in the first, and Vladimir Tarasenko added a power-play goal in the third.

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said Monday that Park’s status is “day-to-day.”

“Once there’s news to address, we’ll address it,” Campbell said. “Is he still a member of our team? Yes. Is he still around us? Yes. Any more than that, I don’t think it’s fair to him or anybody else.”

Kempt showed last week that the Cyclones (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) might not be in bad shape if he’s behind center — even though he hadn’t taken more than a few meaningful snaps in five years.

Kempt chose Oregon State after throwing for 3,056 yards and 32 TDs as a senior for Massillon Washington High in Ohio in 2012. But Kempt couldn’t break through after two years with the Beavers and transferred to Hutchinson Community College, where he didn’t play.

Kempt then walked on at Iowa State in part because of his relationship Manchester United Cheap Jerseys with Campbell, a former coach at Toledo. Kempt was named the Cyclones’ offensive La Kings Cheap Jerseys scout team player of the year in 2016. But the emergence of Park midway through last season made it appear as though Kempt would graduate from college without ever starting.

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