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O’Reilly, Blues cruise past Blackhawks in fourth straight win

O’Reilly, Blues cruise past Blackhawks in fourth straight win

CHICAGO — Ryan O’Reilly scored a shorthanded goal and had an assist for the St. Louis Blues in their fourth straight win, 5-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Wednesday.

Jordan Kyrou i Ivan Barbashev each had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for the Blues (7-8-0), who pulled away with three goals in the second period.

Their four-game winning streak comes after an eight-game regular season losing streak.

“It’s good,” said the coach of St. Louis, Craig Berube. “We’ve been playing good hockey and found a way to get some goals. We’ve been solid all around. I thought [Binnington] it was good again. I thought we defended well. At the same time, we’re doing good things in the offensive zone and finding some goals.”

Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for the Blackhawks (6-7-3), who have lost their last two games. Arvid Soderblom made 30 saves.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Chicago coach Luke Richardson said. “I thought we had a pretty good first period. Again, we just couldn’t get the first one. It would be nice to play with the lead and build some confidence and build some momentum with that. just keep working on it “.

Rosen Street gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 14:09 of the first period when his shot from the slot deflected off a Blackhawks defenseman. Alec Regula.

Video: [email protected]: Kyrou cuts down the middle, waits and scores

Kyrou made it 2-0 at 5:12 of the second period. Nick Leddy he kept the puck at the left point and passed to Kyrou, who skated through the slot and scored with his right.

“I just tried to keep the puck and create some time, and [Kyrou] he did the rest,” Leddy said.

Athanasiou made it 2-1 at 7:19 when he received a pass from Max Domi and skated alone at Binnington.

O’Reilly’s shorthanded goal at the 8:08 mark restored the Blues’ two-goal lead. He went into a 2 on 1 with Noel Acciari and fired it past Soderblom from the left faceoff circle.

“It was a good play by him, to catch that pass and then go the other way,” Berube said. “It’s just a great move.”

Athanasiou scored his second of the game on the power play to make it 3-2 at 9:35 when he skated down the right wing and fired a wrister from the circle past Binnington. It was his fifth goal of the season.

“Obviously, you’re always looking to improve,” Athanasiou said. “I come in every night and try to help the team, do what I can, whether it’s one end of the ice or the other. Just grow as a player every day and try to get better.

“When you’re down and you get a couple goals, you have the momentum. At the end of the day, we gave up a little too much tonight and we just couldn’t fight back.”

Video: [email protected]: O’Reilly gets his own rebound for a SHG

Tyler PitlickHis first of the season made it 4-2 at 11:37, and Barbashev scored at 6:55 of the third period for a 5-2 final.

“We definitely gave up too many chances to a good team, but at the same time, we also created a lot of things,” the Chicago defenseman said. Jack Johnson said “We had a lot of chances and only scored two, which makes it difficult. We were right. It was 3-2 and then the game got away from us and we gave them too good a look.”

The Blue players had their mothers with them for the last two of a three-game road trip, including a 3-2 win at the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

“It’s definitely a special moment,” Barbashev said. “I haven’t seen her in two years. There are other mothers on the road as well, so it’s very special for everyone. To have one today, it’s a good feeling.”

NOTES: Defender of Sant Lluís Colton Parayko was scratched due to an undisclosed injury. Defenseman Tyler Tucker made his NHL debut and had a shot on goal with 11:05 of ice time. … O’Reilly’s short-handed goal was the Blues’ first this season and the 11th of his NHL career. … Saint Louis forward Nikita Alexandrov had an assist for his first NHL point. … Blackhawks forward Jason Dickinson returned after missing two games due to illness. He had a shot at 2:25 p.m.





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