Blues fumble away 2-0 lead, lose fifth straight

Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Hockey

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Two periods of excellent goaltending and special teams for the Blues went up in smoke in a few minutes' time in the third period.

After taking a 2-0 lead early in the third, the next four goals belonged to Winnipeg in a 4-2 victory Monday night at Candada Life Centre.

The Blues head into the All-Star/bye week break with a 23-25-3 record and a five-game losing streak.

Nikita Alexandrov gave the Blues a 2-0 lead early in the third period off the rush and off a feed from Josh Leivo. But Josh Morrissey brought the crowd to life on a rush goal of his own, making it a 2-1 game with 17:18 left in the game.

They got more life when Mark Scheifele scored off a turnover by Justin Faulk deep in the St. Louis zone at the with 10:28 left to tie it at 2-2. The onslaught continued when Morrissey scored again, this time on a shot that deflected in off Brayden Schenn to make it 3-2 just 21 seconds later.

Scheifele wrapped it up with an empty-net goal in the final minute.


It marked the 23rd time the opposing team has scored at least three goals in one period against the Blues this season.

Penalties, plus

It only seemed like Winnipeg was on one continuous power play in the second period.

Colton Parayko went off for interference at the 2:53 mark.


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