Binnington shines as Blues end losing streak with 3-1 triumphs

Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Hockey

At the top of Craig Berube’s to-do list Wednesday against the Vegas Golden Knights was a quick start.

“I think the start of the game is critical,” Berube said following the day’s morning skate.

Apparently, the Blues — especially Vladimir Tarasenko — were listening. Steaming down the slot, Tarasenko beat Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury glove side for his third goal of the season just 48 seconds into the contest.

With the rare lead, the Blues eventually made it 3-0 and snapped their seven-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. Winning only for the fifth time at home all season, the fifth-place Blues improved to 17-16-6 overall, for 40 points.

Vegas fell to 25-11-2 despite firing 46 shots at Jordan Binnington.

Tarasenko’s goal marked the fourth time this season the Blues had scored in the opening minute of a game. More importantly, it was only the second time in their last 13 games the Blues had scored first.


“It’s always tough to come from behind, no matter who you’re playing in this league,” Tyler Bozak said during Tuesday’s off day. “It’s extremely tough to get that first goal. I think a lot of games lately, we’ve been playing from behind and have to change up our game plan a little bit.”

Not only did the Blues score first Wednesday, they scored second as well.

Sammy Blais went from the Berube doghouse to the scoresheet, notching his fourth goal of the season at the 7:21 mark of the first period. Blais, who had been a healthy scratch in four of the past five games, scored from a similar area on the ice as Tarasenko, and on a similar shot, beating Fleury glove side for a 2-0 lead.

The Blues hadn’t had a 2-0 lead since March 28 against Anaheim, a game they ultimately lost 3-2 in overtime. And entering Wednesday’s contest, the Blues had led for only 39 minutes 46 seconds during their seven-game winless streak (0-6-1).


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