Blues picking up pace at right time
Four goals in two periods gave the Blues a shot of sorely needed confidence.
Now they hope a solid showing against a surging opponent can put them back on track in the battle for a Western Conference playoff spot.
Vince Dunn scored twice and Pat Maroon had a goal and an assist as the Blues defeated the Penguins 5-1 on Saturday in Pittsburgh.
“I just think we played with more emotion,” Dunn said. “I think it’s a good step forward for us. I think we found our game again.”
Maroon scored his sixth for the Blues, who ended a three-game losing streak, which matched their longest skid of the season. Former Penguins draft pick Oskar Sundqvist scored his 13th goal and Jay Bouwmeester his third for the Blues.
Dunn connected in the first period and added a late power-play goal. Dunn’s 10th goal gave three St. Louis defensemen 10 or more goals in a season for the first time in franchise history.
“That’s a big accomplishment for our Dcorps,” Dunn said. “It’s pretty cool. Other than that, I think it’s just a big win for us to move forward on.”
Jordan Binnington made 40 saves for St. Louis. Binnington has 17 wins and five shutouts in his first 22 starts. He also has 10 wins in his first 13 road games with four shutouts.