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ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn wasted little time in providing a much-needed spark on home ice.Schenn scored twice and Vince Dunn had a career-high three assists to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Thursday
29 janvier 2019, 07:46
ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn wasted little time in providing a much-needed spark on home ice.Schenn scored twice and Vince Dunn had a career-high three assists to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Thursday night.Schenn’s fight with Gabriel Landeskog three seconds into the game set the tone.”I thought we’d been a little bit flat at home lately Richard Panik Jersey ,” Schenn said. ”You can try and start different ways, try to be physical early or offensive early. … I don’t do it often, but it’s part of the game and it’s good to get one every once in a while.”Blues coach Mike Yeo knew something was brewing when Patrik Berglund lined up to take the opening faceoff instead of Schenn.”I know people have different opinions of fighting in the game or whatever, but it sends a message to your team,” Yeo said.Landeskog was also trying to give the Avalanche a spark.”We’ve got to be better on the road so I figure, `start off the road trip and set the tone ,’ and that was really it,” Landeskog said. ”He asked me and I didn’t have one this year so why not?”Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and Ivan Barbashev, Kyle Brodziak and Alex Pietrangelo also scored. The Blues scored more than four goals for the first time since Dec. 9 as 13 of the team’s 18 skaters had at least one point.Carter Hutton made 23 saves as St. Louis beat Colorado for the fourth straight time. The Blues have earned points against the Avalanche in 12 consecutive games.Dunn is the Blues’ first rookie defenseman to have three assists in a game since Erik Johnson on Jan. 8, 2008.”I was just trying to play simple and make the plays over there and everybody contributed tonight,” Dunn said.Gabriel Bourque scored for the Avalanche , who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Semyon Varlamov allowed three goals in relief of Jonathan Bernier after he allowed three goals in 20 shots.The Blues took control on goals by Barbashev and Schenn 48 seconds apart early in the second period.Barbashev’s goal, beating Bernier short-side from a difficult angle at the left faceoff circle, broke a 1-1 tie at 4:17 of the second.Schenn’s second of the game made it 3-1 and ended Bernier’s night. It was Schenn’s third multi-goal game this season.Brodziak and Pietrangelo blew the game open with goals later in the second and Stastny scored six minutes into the third period.”I thought everyone stepped up tonight, everyone played a good game from the goalie out,” Schenn said. ”Guys were getting rewarded, which was good to see.”Schenn put the Blues on top 1-0 with a power play goal at 8:41 of the first period. Schenn’s 300th career point came off of a Jaden Schwartz slap shot off of Bernier’s pad that deflected directly to his tape.The Blues lost defensemen Joel Edmundson (upper body) for the rest of the game eight minutes into the first after he blocked a shot from Colorado’s Nail Yakupov. Yeo said he is definitely out for Friday’s game at Winnipeg.”When a guy goes down Mikkel Boedker Jersey Womens , everybody’s got to step up and everybody’s got to contribute like the way we did,” Dunn said.Bourque tied it at 1 at 2:50 of the second, capitalizing on Vladimir Sobotka’s giveaway.”We have to be better,” Landeskog said. ”I mean you look at the score, it’s embarrassing.”FACES IN THE CROWDCommissioner Gary Bettman and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey were at the game. Both league heads were shown the improvements to the Scottrade Center as part of $64 million in renovations to the 24-year-old facility.NOTES: Brodziak played in his 200th game as a Blue. … Avalanche F Mikko Rantanen (lower body) returned to the lineup after missing his first game of the season on Tuesday. … The Blues scratched R Chris Thorburn, D Robert Bortuzzo and C Oskar Sundqvist. … The Avalanche scratched L A.J. Greer , C Nathan MacKinnon and D Andrei Mironov.UP NEXTAvalanche: At Carolina on Saturday night.Blues: At Winnipeg on Friday night. DETROIT — The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings are both rebuilding but have played well in their past few games.Detroit hosts New York Friday night at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30.The Rangers (7-7-1) have won four straight and the Red Wings (5-8-2) have four victories in their past five games. Also each team won Tuesday night after trailing by two in the second period. New York beat Montreal 5-3 at Madison Square Garden and Detroit defeated Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout at LCA.Article continues below ...The Rangers trailed the Canadiens 3-1 with less than three minutes left in the second, but defenseman Tony De Angelo scored late in the middle period and right winger Pavel Buchnevich, defenseman Neal Pionk and center Mika Zibanejad (short-handed) scored in the third.“They definitely had the momentum … we were able to reset going into the third,” defenseman Marc Staal said.That was also New York’s second consecutive win after winning twice in California. Because of the time difference, teams usually struggle in their first game or two back from a west coast trip. The Rangers won 3-2 in a shootout in Anaheim last Thursday night.“I love how we responded coming back from the trip and we win two hockey games here,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “It says a lot.”Said Staal: “We’re on a bit of a roll. With wins comes confidence Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , finishing games.”The Red Wings trailed the Canucks 2-0 in the second period on Tuesday night. Forward Justin Abdelkader’s power-play goal in the second made it 2-1 and Gustav Nyquist’s tied it early in the third period. Center Dylan Larkin scored the only goal of the shootout.“I think part of resilient is guys stepping and making plays at big moments,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “And for a goaltender, it’s just making a whole bunch of saves and I thought Howie (goalie Jimmy Howard) was a big difference that way.”Howard made 40 saves against Vancouver and stopped all three shooters in the shootout.The Red Wings seem like a totally different team than the one that began the season 1-7-2.“Well … we’re bending not breaking I guess,” Howard said. “Early in the season when stuff started to go wrong the body language was off and things really exploded on us and now guys are continuing to keep working.”Detroit is expected to get two forwards back from injury on Friday. Andreas Athanasiou (leg) and center Frans Nielsen (concussion) are expected to return after they each missed four games.Larkin practiced Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday to recover from a minor injury suffered late in Tuesday night’s game. He will play on Friday night.It will be the second NHL game this season for Rangers center Lias Andersson, the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Andersson was recalled from Hartford for the game Tuesday against Montreal and played 12:17 on a line between Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast.New York assigned forward Boo Nieves to Hartford of the American Hockey League on Thursday.