Per­ron’s hat trick lifts Blues to win over Flames

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS — ST. LOUIS

David Per­ron likes his new line. Per­ron scored his fourth ca­reer hat trick, Alexan­der Steen had a goal and an as­sist, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Cal­gary Flames 5-3 on Thurs­day night.

Joel Ed­mund­son also scored and Bray­den Schenn had three as­sists as the Blues won for the first time this sea­son. Jake Allen made 31 saves.

Be­fore the game, Blues coach Mike Yeo moved Per­ron up to the sec­ond line with Schenn and Jaden Schwartz.

“It’s quite dif­fer­ent for sure,” Per­ron said. “Kind of what I was used from last year. It’s great. I thought (Steen’s) goal re­ally gave us some en­ergy, too. It was good.”

James Neal, Derek Ryan and Mikael Back­lund scored for the Flames. Mike Smith was pulled fol­low­ing the sec­ond pe­riod af­ter al­low­ing five goals on 24 shots.

Per­ron gave the Blues a 2-1 lead mid­way through the first pe­riod. Ed­mund­son, mak­ing his sea­son de­but af­ter miss­ing the first two games with a sore groin, made it 3-1 Blues with 2:38 left in the first, beat­ing Smith high glove side.

Per­ron’s sec­ond goal early in the sec­ond made it 4-1. Smith mis­played the puck be­hind the net, al­low­ing Schenn to steal it and find Per­ron alone in front with an empty net.

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