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Blues drop fifth game in their last seven with 4-2 loss in Winnipeg

Matthew DeFranks, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — In less than a week, the Western Conference standings transformed from friend to foe for the Blues.

Once, they were in a decent position in the second wild-card position in the West. Now, thanks to a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Tuesday night, they find themselves falling back of a playoff position.

The loss was the Blues' fifth in the last seven games, as the momentum built by winning seven of eight has dissipated.

Pavel Buchnevich and Brandon Saad scored for the Blues, while Sean Monahan, Brenden Dillon, Kyle Connor and Alex Iafallo scored for the Jets.

Iafallo's goal at 10:13 of the third period gave the Jets breathing room after the Blues closed the game to 3-2 in the second period.

The Blues finish a brief road trip with a game at Edmonton on Wednesday night, when Jordan Binnington is expected to start for St. Louis.

 

More struggles for Hayes, Kapanen

As the Blues entered first intermission down 3-1, it was another rough period for slumping forwards Kevin Hayes and Kasperi Kapanen, who each were minus-3 in the opening 20 minutes.

Sean Monahan scored to give the Jets a 1-0 lead when Hayes vacated the slot to pressure Nikolaj Ehlers along the boards. When Hayes lost a faceoff to Mark Scheifele less than two minutes later, Brenden Dillon hammered home a shot from the point.

Pavel Buchnevich scored to bring the Blues back within one goal, shoveling a Marco Scandella rebound past Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit, but the deficit was pushed back to two with less than five minutes remaining in the period.

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