Sundqvist has a goal and an assist for the Blues in the win over the Blackhawks
ST. LOUIS– Oskar Sundqvist scored a goal and an assist to help the St. Louis Blues win 5-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks at Enterprise Center on Saturday.
Brayden Schenn had two assists for St. Louis (27-14-5), which is 6-0-2 in its last eight games against Chicago. City Husso has made 15 saves in his sixth start in the last eight games and is 8-1-0 at home this season.
“I think we did a very good job, especially F1 and F2. [forwards] come in and stop play, come in fast and get the puck,” Sundqvist said. “The forecheck was really good today and that’s the key to the success of our game. Our forecheck game is very important. When it works, then we are really dangerous.”
Dylan Strom marked, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves for Chicago (17-24-7), which was limited to 16 shots, a season low.
“I felt pretty good coming here,” Blackhawks coach Derek King said. “I thought if we put in a solid effort we would compete with these guys and at least give ourselves an honest chance.
“It’s a good hockey team, we know that. We knew it would be a challenge, but it’s not enough. I have to be careful with my words here, but we just can’t do that. make an effort like that and maybe steal a game from someone. It will not happen. “
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David PeronThe power play goal at 8:19 of the first period gave the Blues a 1-0 lead. It was his first goal in 11 games since the 2022 Discover the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1.
Dakota Joshua made it 2-0 at 11:31, followed by a loss of Torey KrugSingle point slap shot. It was Joshua’s third NHL goal.
It was the kind of start the Blues were looking for after a 7-4 home loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.
“We talked before the game,” Tarasenko said. “The same as New Jersey, a very good up-front team. We just have to eliminate turnovers, work hard, split plays. If we defend well, we create offensive chances from it. We did a good job tonight .”
Strome’s power-play goal cut the lead to 2-1 at 2:37 of the second period when he redirected Patrick Kanespends 13 seconds in a two-man advantage.
Vladimir Tarasenko pushed the lead to 3-1 at 19:19 on a back-and-forth with thomas robert.
“It was a tight game, both teams played well,” Tarasenko said. “‘Buchy’ [Pavel Buchnevich] makes a great forecheck, Robert makes a nice pass. Goals before intermission are always important. I’m happy to have that one, and I think he gave us confidence going into the third period. »
It was a change of momentum for each team.
“I think we had some good changes in the second, and obviously we scored the goal [to make it 2-1]”, Strome said. “We were playing decent and they get that one. It’s hard to get into the third down two. It would have been nice to be down one. Either way, it wasn’t enough effort in the third period to be tight in this game. »
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Sundqvist made it 4-1 at 7:11 of the third period when he called a rebound from a Niko Mikkola pulled from the slot. Jordan Kyrou extended the lead to 5-1 at 15:38 thanks to a pass from Schenn.
REMARKS: With an assist, Kane moved within two of tying Denis Savard (719) for second place in Blackhawks history behind Stan Mikita (926). Kane has 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) in 68 games against St. Louis and eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last six games. … Strome has nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last six games. … Schenn has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his last eight games. … Tarasenko has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his last 14 games. … Blues defender Jake Walman played 10:39 in his first game since Jan. 13. Walman replaced Marco Scandelwhich is day to day, possibly week to week, with a lower body injury.