11/21 23:02 CST Binnington makes 40 saves to help Blues beat Flames 5-0
Binnington makes 40 saves to help Blues beat Flames 5-0
BY STEVE OVERBEY
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- St. Louis defenseman Vince Dunn set the tone for the Blues
with a crunching hit that drew a retaliation penalty.
"I think it energized everybody in the whole city of St. Louis," goalie Jordan
Binnington said after stopping 40 shots for his sixth career shutout in St.
Louis' 5-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. "It was big."
Oskar Sundqvist scored twice, Zach Sanford had a goal and three assists, David
Perron and Dunn also scored and Robert Thomas added three assists to lead the
Blues to their largest victory margin of season. St. Louis also improved to
9-1-2 in their last 12 games.
Dunn's open-ice check on Andrew Mangiapane midway through the second period
woke the crowd and the Blues. Perron capitalized with a power-play goal to push
the lead to 3-0.
Binnington, who helped the Blues to their first Stanley Cup title last season,
got his first shutout this season. His biggest save came late in the second
when he halted Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway.
"They threw a lot of pucks to the net and we did a good job weathering the
storm," Binnington said. "We were patient and we stayed composed."
David Rittich finished with 26 saves for Calgary, which has lost six in a row
while being outscored 23-5.
Sanford converted on a one-timer off a pass from Thomas with just under eight
minutes left in the first to get the Blues on the scoreboard. He finished with
his first career four-point game.
Sundqvist converted on a breakaway midway through the second period for a 2-0
lead. He added his sixth of the season early in the final period. It was his
first two-goal game since scoring twice in a 5-3 win over Vegas on Nov. 1, 2018.
Dunn capped the scoring near midway through the third with his fourth of the
season. He was just as proud of his hit as he was of his goal.
"It's just part of the game," Dunn noted. "If the guy cuts in and gets around
me, it's a breakaway. I'm not trying to hurt anyone."
Mangiapane did not return to the game.
"It was a solid hit --- we love it," St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. "A good
Calgary has been shut out in their last three road games for the first time in
The Flames held a players-only meeting after the contest that lasted roughly 10
"Just a lot of honesty between guys," captain Mark Giordano said. "We all love
each other in here. Right now, we have a lot of guys that are trying to be the
guy who's going to change the tide and change the momentum."
NOTES: Binnington improved to 11-3-4 and has allowed two goals or fewer in nine
of his last 12 starts. ... Calgary has surrendered the first goal in its last
eight games, and 17 of 25 overall this season. ... The Blues were decked out in
retro sweaters that were worn from 1994-98. It was the first of three
appearances with the alternate jerseys this season. ... St. Louis RW Troy
Brouwer, who was signed on Wednesday, did not play due to work visa issues.
Flames: At Philadelphia on Saturday for the second game of a four-game trip..
Blues: Host Nashville on Saturday.
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