Blues Begin Homestand With Victory

Hayden See, Reporter

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The Blues ended their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Sharks last night.

It was the one-year anniversary of goalie Jordan Binnington’s first career NHL start, where he shut out the Flyers on the road. He stopped 27 of 29 shots on the evening, rebounding from his previous outing in which he allowed seven goals — a career high.

“Binnington is never fazed. He can bounce back from the worst of games,” senior Ethan Seymore said.

After the opening period, there was no scoring from either side; things quickly heated up, though, as the Blues scored two goals within a 90 second span of one another midway through the second period. Forward Tyler Bozak tallied goal number nine of the season, while forward Ivan Barbashev added goal number 6 to his 2019-20 tally. San Jose cut St. Louis’ two goal lead in half with a goal in the opening minutes of the final period.

They couldn’t hold the lead for more than two minutes, however, as all-star hopeful David Perron recorded his eighteenth goal of the 2019-20 campaign. With just over three minutes remaining in regulation, the Sharks brought the game back within a single goal, although they were unable to knot things up before the final buzzer sounded.

“The Blues really needed this win. Their play the past few games has not been the best. I hope this gets them on a streak,” senior Blake Ebner said.

The victory puts the Blues atop the NHL in total points. Their 61 points this season is tied for second in the NHL, and best in the Western Conference by a margin of seven. 

“It really puts their success this season into perspective when they can go on a long losing streak and still be leading the conference in points,” senior Harrison Reibow said.

St. Louis will continue their five-game home-stand Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.