Blues win fourth in a row, top Wild 4-1
The Blues weren't quite as dominant on Sunday night as they had been in their previous three games, but the results were every bit as effective as the Blues won their fourth game in a row, beating the Wild 4-1 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Blues, who prior to this winning streak had lost five in a row, are up three points on Colorado and up four on Dallas. In their past four games, the Blues have allowed two goals.
Jordan Binnington saw his shutout streak end at 142 minutes, 51 seconds but the Blues pushed back and held off a brief Wild comeback in the second period. Binnington hadn't allowed a goal since late in the third period against Nashville last Sunday. He posted shutouts against New Jersey and Arizona and had a scoreless first period against Minnesota.
This time, the Blues allowed 33 shots on goal after giving up less than 20 shots in each of the previous three games.
After Minnesota cut the Blues lead to 2-1 in the second, the Blues got a goal from Oskar Sundqvist in the second period and then a short-handed goal by Ivan Barbashev, with an assist to Sundqvist, in the third period to finish it off.
The Blues killed four Minnesota power plays, including one in the second in which Binnington stopped Mats Zuccarello on a breakaway.
Minnesota cut the lead in half on a goal by Marcus Foligno 1:43 into the second. Foligno took a shot in close that hit Alex Pietrangelo's stick and went up in the air, over Binnington, off his back and in. There was a hesitation on the goal by the referees because Foligino took a swing at the puck in the air with what would have been a high stick, but he missed it, so the goal counted.
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