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It's the bad Blues again in a 4-1 loss to Dallas

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS — Thanks to the Blues’ comeback win on Saturday night against Florida, they came into their game Monday with a one-game winning streak instead of a three-game losing streak.

The Blues couldn’t follow up Saturday’s miracle third-period comeback with any level of effectiveness, serving up a disjointed effort against Central Division-leading Dallas that ended with a 4-1 loss to the Stars at Enterprise Center.

The Blues pulled within a goal in the third period and were threatening to make another comeback but a shot by Niko Mikkola was blocked, springing Dallas’ Jason Robertson on a breakaway for a shot that got past goalie Jordan Binnington. The Blues then pulled Binnington for a sixth attacker, and not long after Binnington got to the bench a shot by Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen from his own end rattled into the empty net.

The Blues have two days off before facing another top team, Carolina, on Thursday night at Enterprise.

All things must pass

Dallas had a three-on-two break midway through the third period and the three Stars — Ty Dellandrea, Jamie Benn and Wyatt Johnston — weaved and passed the puck beautifully on their way to scoring the goal that put the team up 2-0 with 12:03 to go.

 

Dellandrea started with the puck, gave it to Benn, who gave it to Johnston, who gave it back to Dellandrea, who finished it off.

That goal turned out to be big when Josh Leivo snagged a clearance attempt along the boards and put a shot on net that was tipped in by Brandon Saad. It was sixth assist of the season for Leivo, all primary ones, though he has yet to score a goal.

Stars break through

The Blues had two decent scoring chances early in the second period but couldn’t convert either and, as so often happens in hockey, that led immediately to a goal at the other end.

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