Blues pick­ing up pace at right time

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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