Brandon Saad scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period as the Blues won their game against the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 in Saint Louis on Saturday.
Brayden Schenn and Jordan Kyrou each had a goal and two assists, while Alexei Toropchenko, Robert Thomas and Kasperi Kapanen scored the other Blues goals. Kapanen’s goal fell into an empty net.
Joel Hofer blocked 30 shots.
Juraj Slafkovasky, Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki responded for the Canadian, who finished a three-game road trip with a 0-2-1 record.
Samuel Montembeault made 29 saves.
The CH will reunite with its supporters on Tuesday evening against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“We’re a young team, but we can’t just show up,” Suzuki said of Saturday’s game. We still need to refine a lot for our next game.
The score was close when Toropchenko and Schenn scored 3:03 apart early in the third period.
The first converted a breakaway and the second took advantage of a short pass from Kyrou at the right goal.
Saad made the final score 3-1 at 13:03 of the second period with a shot into the top corner.
One minute and 45 seconds later, Gallagher responded with his fourth goal of the season. He picked up a fourth point in two games.
Positioned in the left circle, he grabbed a throw from Sean Monahan and hit the target with a sharp shot.
Thomas took the lead with 16:37 left in the first period.
He created space by evading Mike Matheson before scoring with a wrist shot from the middle of the opponent’s zone.
Thomas has scored a goal in each of his last three games.
Kyrou scored at 1:24 before Slafkovsky answered at 4:01.
Early in the game, Schenn picked up a puck behind the goal and directed it into the left crease, where Kyrou scored his second goal of the season.
As the very first pick in the 2022 draft, Slafkovsky broke the deadlock with his first goal of the season.
He scored from close range after a nice exchange with Alex Newhook along the ramp.
“He did well, he played with intensity,” Suzuki said of Slafkovsky. He creates opportunities. His skills complement the way me and Cole play.
“He brings great size to them,” added Canadian head coach Martin St-Louis. He runs well and is not easy to move in the net.
Gallagher received the other pass in the sequence.
Hofer particularly frustrated Cole Caufield from close range, in the 12th minute of the second period.
After Kapanen’s scoreless goal, Suzuki successfully blocked a shot from Caufield.
The Habs’ Christian Dvorak played his first game of the season after suffering a knee injury.
Rafaël Harvey-Pinard was missing due to a lower-body injury he suffered on Thursday in Arizona.
The Blues are on a four-game homestand that includes visits from the Jets and Coyotes on Tuesday and Thursday.
On Friday, the team won 4-1 against the New Jersey Devils.
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