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Blues wins at eight after 4-0 victory over Arizona | Morning Skate




GLENDALE, ARIZ. • The winners continue to come to Blues, who won their eighth consecutive game, their longest strike since a nine-game run in 2002, with a 4-0 victory over Arizona at the Gila River Arena on Thursday.

"That's good," said Coach Craig Berube. "Much work to do."

Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals, giving him six in four games and Jordan Binnington recorded shutout and won his seventh consecutive game, the longest strike for a Blues rookie goalkeeper since Brent Johnson won seven in a row 2000-01

. It was the third shutdown for Binnington in 13 start. He has a 11-1-1 record.

"Good job by him and the team" told Berube. "He does a great job. He gives us a chance to win, did some big savings tonight and the team is really playing well in front of him."

The winner, combined with Dallass's 6-0 loss for Tampa Bay, moved Blues to third place in the Central Division. They are tied with the stars at 63 points but have played fewer games.

The game was the start of a three-match tour against teams around the Blues in the Western Conference playoff race, and the Blues again had a dominant performance. Blues play on Colorado on Saturday and then in Minnesota on Sunday.

Tarasenko has nine goals during the last 10 games and 24 goals for the season. The second goal came during the second period on a power game after Niklas Hjalmarsson was called cross-control Tarasenko. He took a pass from Brayden Schenn, ran towards the track and shot and scored. Robert Thomas also had assistance on the game, running his point and helping four games.

Joel Edmundson put Blues forward 3:33 in the game with only his second goal for the season (his second was in his first game of the season) at a knuckle ball shot on a break of a pass from Jaden Schwartz crossing up the goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Later in the period Edmundson had a shot that struck both posts but did not enter. [19659003] With 4:29 to go during the period, Edmundson took another shot that was declined by Tarasenko and beat Kuemper. It was the 23rd goal of the season and extended his scoring to 10 games, with eight goals and eight assisting at that time. He joins David Perron and Ryan O & # 39; Reilly having a 10 or more draw this season. The last time Blues had three players with long streaks 1991-1992, when Brett Hull, Adam Oates and Craig Janney did it.

In the third period, Robert Bortuzzo made the defense's contribution with his second season goal. Blues defensemen has six goals in the last four games.

"They push the puck and do good things and take the puck to the net with traffic," Berube said. "Do it and good things happen … All our D can shoot."

COYOTER HAS PREYED ON BLUES LATELY

During the last season and half there is no other team in the NHL who has grossly upset Blues as much as Arizona Coyotes.

We are talking Coyotes 17, Blues 3 during the last three meetings, all Coyotes wins:

• January 20 in last season in a game played in St. Louis, Blues fell behind 5-0 against an Arizona team that had the worst record in the NHL at that time. Goalkeeper Carter Hutton was pulled in which eventually became a 5-2 loss. Coach Mike Yeo was so upset that he subjected the team a shot the next day (or penalty).

• On March 31 in the last season in Arizona, the blues suffered their most sharp loss of the season _ 6 -0 in a game that puts a shrink in the team's playoff jump. The goalkeeper Jake Allen was drawn early after just two goals. Scottie Upshall suffered a seasonal injury after taking up a hard hit from Luke Schenn, Blues' brother Brayden Schenn's brother.

• On December 1 in this season in Arizona, Blues hit 6-1 with goalkeeper Chad Johnson allowing all six goals. Johnson would play in just one Blues game before deciding on December 10. Blues committed a season-high nine penalties. Robby Fabbri suffered shoulder injuries along the boards and was sideways for most of December.

"They got good speed," interim trainer Craig Berube said. "They are an aggressive team. I would say they are probably one of the most aggressive teams in the league. They come to you with one, two guys all the time. They will play a fast game they've done here, revealed us at That way. "

Berube said that Blues has been too often against Arizona when it comes to loosing pucks. [19659000] "Last match we had four (penalty) in the first period, it was not a good start, goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper gets his 14th start in the last 16 games for Arizona tonight. He is 1-1 over his NHL career against Blues, with a 2.52 goal against average and a saving percentage of .923.

Kuemper was with the Los Angeles Kings last time he met Blues and earned a 4-1 victory with 39 saves in St. Louis December 1, 2017.

BINNINGTON SEARCH RECORD

Jordan Binnington is in action tonight for St. Louis and seeks his seventh consecutive victory, if he does, he will tie the franchise record for most consecutive wins a rookie goalkeeper

Brent Johnson won seven in a row as Blues rookie on a stretch stretching from November 29, 2000 to January 1, 2001

IF IT'S NOT BROKEN …

Arizona Game marks the eighth consecutive game Berube will join the same f frame lines, a season high for lineup continuity. It is the sixth straight game with the same defensive mating – with the latest adjustment there after Carl Gunnarsson suffered an upper body injury six matches since.

Blues have won all seven games since Berube switched to current line configuration, most rarely putting Brayden Schenn on the wing with Ryan O & # 39; Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko. The members of that line have combined for 29 points on 10 goals and 19 helps in seven matches and points at least one goal in each competition.

"I don't think anyone deserves to come out," Berube said. "It's okay right now, why change it? There really is no need to".

And continuity can be good for the players.

"I think it keeps everyone going," Berube said. "But on the unfortunate side of it, some guys won't get into the lineup."

Named, forward Robby Fabbri, who will be a healthy scratch for the 10th consecutive game. He hasn't played since January 17 in Boston.

"There will be a time and a place," Berube estimated. BLUES LINEUP

Schenn-O & Reilly-Tarasenko

MacEachern-Barbashev-Thomas

BLUENOTES

Tarasenko takes a career-high nine-match line (7 goals, 7 assists) in the evening's competition. If he stretches the stretch against the Coyotes, he would join R&D, Reilly and David Perron, scoring at least 10 matches this season.

• Blues defensemen has made a league-high 14 goal in the new year. Blues are 9-1 over the range in games where they have at least one goal from a defender.

• Rookie forward Robert Thomas has had at least one help in his last three matches.

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