David Perron, the last time St. Louis visited Chicago was concussed.
This trip was even better.
Perron scored 2 goals, Jordan Binnington saved 30 and the Blues won 4-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday to win their fourth consecutive victory.
“We are rolling right now. Perron stated that they want to continue improving. “That’s what makes our team so special. We can always improve, I believe.”
Perron, 33, was injured in the first period by Blackhawks’ defenseman Jake McCabe. He left St. Louis’ overtime loss to Chicago on Nov. 26, with a 3-2 score. Perron was out of action for one month, before he returned to play on Dec. 29.
Perron stated, “I thought about it the first time that I went in that corner again with McCabe.” “I was like, “All right, well, it’s time to put it behind (me ).'”
Perron, Jordan Kyrou, and Pavel Buchnevich all scored during St. Louis’ dominant second period. Perron added a third-period score in the opening of a four game trip. Brayden Schenn scored two assists for St. Louis and Binnington had his second shutout in the season against Chicago.
Binnington stated, “We were really strong.” “The team did an excellent job making my job easier.”
The Blues moved to 3-0-1 against Blackhawks, concluding their season series. They beat Chicago 5-1 in St. Louis in their previous meeting.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 stops in Chicago, turning down many quality opportunities for St. Louis. The Blackhawks (19-27-8), lost their fourth game in five.
Derek King, interim coach, stated that if you turn the pucks over to these guys they will quickly-hit you. Their transition game is very good. They are one of the best teams in the league. We turned pucks over at an inopportune time, and it’s now in your net.”
The Blues (32-14-6), decided to stay after Kyrou completed a nice passing sequence with Schenn at 2:26 in the second. Fleury was defeated on the glove side by Buchnevich’s wrist shot at 6:56. Perron won the match with a power-play goal at 1:52.
Dylan Strome, Blackhawks forward, stated that “we just didn’t capitalize upon our chances.” “I think that we had lots and good looks on a few power plays, couple good chances in the first. They get the lead, and we kinda go from there.”
After missing a few prime scoring chances in the first, Kyrou scored his 21st goal. In Friday’s 5-3 win over Buffalo, he had two goals as well as an assist.
Schenn’s assists in the second — and his cross-ice pass that set up Perron for Perron’s goal — gave him 19 points over his last 14 games.
Perron scored his 11th goal at 3:04 in the third. He managed to squeeze one in from a difficult angle to the net. In his 19 previous games, he had only two goals.
Craig Berube, Blues coach, said that he thought he played an excellent game. “Competitive all the game and did some really good things.”
Blues: F Oskar Sundqvist, Blues’ forward, was unable to play due to a lower-body injury. In the first period, he was forced to leave Friday’s victory against Buffalo. Dakota Joshua took his place in the lineup.
Blackhawks: After missing Friday’s 8-5 win over New Jersey, D Jake McCabe was able to return to the lineup. D Calvin de Haan, however, missed his second consecutive game due to a right-groin strain. C Tyler Johnson could be playing against Edmonton on Thursday. Johnson underwent neck surgery Dec. 3.
Blues: Wednesday night at the New York Rangers
Blackhawks: Edmonton Oilers will host the Blackhawks on Thursday night.