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St. Louis is singing the blues coming
05-15-2019, 12:10 PM,
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St. Louis is singing the blues coming
into Las Vegas on Friday night to face the Golden Knights off a 1-0 loss to a Chicago Blackhawks team that had lost eight straight games while Vegas looked golden again in a 5-0 rout of Anaheim.Both games occurred Wednesday night Mark Stone Jersey , giving St. Louis (6-7-3, 15 points) and Vegas (8-10-1) one day to prepare for their encounter at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.Speaking of golden, Vegas veteran Marc-Andre Fleury debuted his glittering gold goaltending pads in the win over the Ducks, a game in which he had a 29-save shutout. Vegas scored on three of its first four shots of the second period to cruise to the lopsided win.Article continues below ...The five goals by the Knights match a season high set Nov. 8 in a 5-3 victory at Ottawa.“I don’t know if it was the pads or the way the guys played, you know?” Fleury said with a laugh. “Definitely a good feeling to get a win again and not give up too many goals there.”The Vegas locker room had the same jovial feel of last year’s historic success in the Golden Knights’ inaugural season. The team needed a lift with it now tied for sixth in the Pacific Division with Arizona.The Golden Knights are six points from division leader Vancouver (10-6-3, 23 points) but also the same distance from last-place team Los Angeles (5-11-1, 11 points).Vegas center Cody Eakin scored twice against Anaheim for his first multi-goal game since March 8 at Detroit. He has scored points in five consecutive games. Alex Tuch and defenseman Nick Holden finished with a goal and an assist.“I’m just having fun,” Eakin told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I think that’s important to enjoy it and have fun. Pucks are going in right now. There will be times when they aren’t, but I’ll try and ride it.”The Blues, meanwhile, did not have fun in the loss to Chicago, and they now enter Friday’s game on a two-game losing skid and in last place in the Central Division (three points behind the struggling Blackhawks).To make matters worse, the Blues were shut out for the first time this season at the hands of Chicago, which has been forced to already make a coaching change.St. Louis has scored two goals or fewer in three of its past five games. The Blues have lost three of those games.“We just have to find ways to win right now Youth Matt Duchene Jersey ,” St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said. “That’s what it comes down to.”The Blues are having trouble putting games together in which their offense and defense come together.They had a 4-1 recent stretch in which they had goal totals of seven, five, four and four. Their defense, however, struggled in those games. Now, their quality defense is masking an offense that is finding it hard to score.The Blues have scored 52 goals but have allowed 52. They are the only team besides Chicago (minus-15 goal differential) that is not on the plus side of goal differential in the Central Division.“We’ve been scoring a lot of goals this year,” center Tyler Bozak said. “We had some chances (against Chicago) and weren’t able to finish it off. We’ve been scoring tons of goals and giving up a lot and then we can’t score and we only give up one. It’s a tough loss. I thought we did a lot of good things, but we have to get back to work tomorrow.” DALLAS (AP) — Philipp Grubauer was spectacularly stubborn in goal on a night when Colorado’s defense got in on the offense.Grubauer made a career-high 44 saves, including 23 in the third period, and defensemen Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie scored to help the Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night.The Colorado goalie has allowed just two goals while facing 104 shots and carrying the Avalanche on a three-game winning streak that has vaulted Colorado into the Western Conference playoff picture.“Over the last couple games, just take it chance by chance and situation by situation,” Grubauer said. “Read the game, scan who’s on the ice. Scan where they come from. Read where the puck is going. Just simplify it.”Colorado coach Jared Bednar said Grubauer was the difference against Dallas.“We get a great goaltending performance from Grubauer and it’s enough to win,” Bednar said. “But I thought first 40 minutes especially Mike Condon Jersey , we did a lot of good things, and our guys are having fun right now. They want it, obviously you can see that.”Carl Soderberg added an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left for the final margin, helping the Avalanche leapfrog idle Minnesota for eighth place in the conference standings. Colorado took a deep tiebreaker lead over Arizona, which lost Thursday, for the second wild card. Colorado and Arizona have 78 points each, and the Avalanche currently would advance based on a better goal differential. The Coyotes will play at Colorado on March 29.Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal for Dallas with 5:01 to play. Ben Bishop made 29 saves, but his personal winning streak ended at six games.“I did think Colorado’s desperation in the first period was above ours,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “In the second period, I thought it was even, and then in the third I thought our desperation exceeded theirs.”Even though the Stars are 1-2-1 in the first four games of a homestand, Montgomery insisted his team is on the right track.“We’re going to end up on the right side of the scoresheet if we keep playing this way,” he said.Dallas retained the first wild card by a four-point margin, but fell four points behind third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.Colorado outshot the Stars 13-9 in the first period.Momentum shifted in Dallas’ direction in the second period – until the Avalanche scored at 17:20. Samuel Girard sent a pass to Johnson high in the left faceoff circle. Johnson one-timed a slap shot inside the left goalpost.“I was ready for it Ryan Dzingel Jersey ,” Bishop said. “He’s just got kind of a heavy shot and just got on me quick. Maybe one I’d like to have back, but it was a pretty good shot.”After two periods, the shots were even at 21.Barrie scored at 5:19 of the third, sending a wrist shot from the top of the right circle in off the left post.“Creating offense is a five-man job,” Bednar said, “so we need the help from our (defense) and we got it tonight. Tyson Barrie seems to have caught fire here a little bit.”Barrie has scored four of his 11 goals in the last three games.Seguin, frustrated by Grubauer on close-in shots, finally scored from the outside edge of the right circle.“I thought we all played pretty good,” Bishop said. “I thought Grubauer played excellent and kind of stole the game.”NOTES: Johnson’s goal, his first in 20 games, came on his 31st birthday. … Barrie’s goal was his 300th career point. … Colorado acquired Grubauer in a trade with Washington completed during the 2018 NHL draft at the American Airlines Center, the Stars’ home ice. … Seguin’s 28th goal ended a nine-game drought. He had 10 shots on goal. MacKinnon and Dallas captain Jamie Benn each had nine.UP NEXTAvalanche: Return home Saturday for the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home series with Chicago.Stars: Complete a five-game homestand against Pittsburgh on Saturday before taking a four-game trip to western Canada.
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