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Blues open five-game road trip with shootout victory over Flyers

Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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PHILADELPHIA — The Blues' uphill fight to reach the playoffs has taken them on the road for five grueling games against Eastern Conference mainstays.

They started their journey by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday on Pavel Buchnevich's shootout goal.

Kevin Hayes scored the Blues' goal in regulation and goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 34 shots through three periods.

The game rolled into the third period tied 1-1.

The Flyers picked up the pace opening the period and put Binnington under duress with sustained pressure. But he fought off the barrage and survived through a tough penalty kill to get the game into the final minutes.

The Blues had another near miss when Jordan Kyrou set up Buchnevich breaking to the right post — but Buchnevich couldn't redirect the pass into the net.

 

The overtime was crazy with the teams exchanging Grade A scoring chances ... but the game went into the shootout.

Learning from last time

The Blues lost their previous game to the Flyers 4-2 on Jan. 15 at Enterprise Center.

Two key Flyers in that game, high-scoring winger Travis Konecny and goaltender Carter Hart, weren't in the lineup Monday. Konecny is sidelined for at least one more game while recovering from a upper-body injury while Hart is away from the team while facing sexual assault allegations from the 2018 World Junior Championships.

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