ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn wasted
little time in providing a much-needed spark on home ice.Schenn scored twice and
Vince Dunn had a career-high three assists to help the St. Louis Blues beat the
Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Thursday night.Schenn’s fight with Gabriel Landeskog
three seconds into the game set the tone.”I thought we’d been a little bit flat
at home lately ,”
Schenn said. ”You can try and start different ways, try to be physical early or
offensive early. … I don’t do it often, but it’s part of the game and it’s good
to get one every once in a while.”Blues coach Mike Yeo knew something was
brewing when Patrik Berglund lined up to take the opening faceoff instead of
Schenn.”I know people have different opinions of fighting in the game or
whatever, but it sends a message to your team,” Yeo said.Landeskog was also
trying to give the Avalanche a spark.”We’ve got to be better on the road so I
figure, `start off the road trip and set the tone,’ and that was really it,”
Landeskog said. ”He asked me and I didn’t have one this year so why not?”Paul
Stastny had a goal and an assist, and Ivan Barbashev, Kyle Brodziak and Alex
Pietrangelo also scored. The Blues scored more than four goals for the first
time since Dec. 9 as 13 of the team’s 18 skaters had at least one point.Carter
Hutton made 23 saves as St. Louis beat Colorado for the fourth straight time.
The Blues have earned points against the Avalanche in 12 consecutive games.Dunn
is the Blues’ first rookie defenseman to have three assists in a game since Erik
Johnson on Jan. 8, 2008.”I was just trying to play simple and make the plays
over there and everybody contributed tonight,” Dunn said.Gabriel Bourque scored
for the Avalanche, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Semyon Varlamov
allowed three goals in relief of Jonathan Bernier after he allowed three goals
in 20 shots.The Blues took control on goals by Barbashev and Schenn 48 seconds
apart early in the second period.Barbashev’s goal, beating Bernier short-side
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second of the game made it 3-1 and ended Bernier’s night. It was Schenn’s third
multi-goal game this season.Brodziak and Pietrangelo blew the game open with
goals later in the second and Stastny scored six minutes into the third
period.”I thought everyone stepped up tonight, everyone played a good game from
the goalie out,” Schenn said. ”Guys were getting rewarded, which was good to
see.”Schenn put the Blues on top 1-0 with a power play goal at 8:41 of the first
period. Schenn’s 300th career point came off of a Jaden Schwartz slap shot off
of Bernier’s pad that deflected directly to his tape.The Blues lost defensemen
Joel Edmundson (upper body) for the rest of the game eight minutes into the
first after he blocked a shot from Colorado’s Nail Yakupov. Yeo said he is
definitely out for Friday’s game at Winnipeg.”When a guy goes down, everybody’s
got to step up and everybody’s got to contribute like the way we did,” Dunn
said.Bourque tied it at 1 at 2:50 of the second, capitalizing on Vladimir
Sobotka’s giveaway.”We have to be better,” Landeskog said. ”I mean you look at
the score, it’s embarrassing.”FACES IN THE CROWDCommissioner Gary Bettman and
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey were at the game. Both league
heads were shown the improvements to the Scottrade Center as part of $64 million
in renovations to the 24-year-old facility.NOTES: Brodziak played in his 200th
game as a Blue. … Avalanche F Mikko Rantanen (lower body) returned to the lineup
after missing his first game of the season on Tuesday. … The Blues scratched R
Chris Thorburn, D Robert Bortuzzo and C Oskar Sundqvist. … The Avalanche
scratched L A.J. Greer, C Nathan MacKinnon and D Andrei Mironov.UP
NEXTAvalanche: At Carolina on Saturday night.Blues: At Winnipeg on Friday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The final score was much more important to Tyler Johnson than
his fourth career hat trick.Johnson had three goals, Yanni Gourde scored on a
power play to put Tampa Bay ahead and the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes
4-2 on Tuesday night.“I don’t think too much about hat tricks. I’m more excited
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with 1:56 remaining.“When he’s skating, it’s really game-changing for him,”
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Boy, that kid was flying tonight.”Johnson also
had a three-goal game against the Hurricanes last January.After Carolina
defenseman Calvin de Haan fanned on a clearing attempt, Gourde made it 3-2 on a
pass from Ondrej Palat at 7:02 of the third.Lightning backup Louis Domingue
stopped 38 shots in his first start of the season. He made strong saves on
Sebastian Aho and Micheal Ferland soon after Gourde’s goal.Ferland and Martin
Necas had goals, and Petr Mrazek turned aside 23 shots for the Hurricanes.After
starting 4-0-1, Carolina has lost consecutive games by two goals to Stanley Cup
contenders Winnipeg and Tampa Bay.“We know that we can play with them,” coach
Rod Brind’Amour said. “The difference is we have little, little margin. So, when
you self-destruct on certain things, that’s going to come back to bite you
against these great teams. That’s what the lesson is.”Aho picked up an assist to
extend his season-opening point streak to seven games (eight assists, 12
points), which is tied for third-longest in the history of the Carolina/Hartford
franchise. Only Victor Rask (eight games, 2016-17) and Ron Francis (11
games Anders
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Carolina since the start of the 2012-13 season.Johnson picked up Tampa Bay’s
second short-handed goal this season 12:42 into the game and put the Lightning
up 2-1 at 6:07 of the second. The forward, who snapped a 10-game regular-season
goal drought, has 11 goals and 19 points in 18 games against Carolina.Necas tied
it 2-all with 7:12 left in the second on his first NHL goal, a one-timer from
the left circle.Aho stole Victor Hedman’s clearing attempt and helped set up
Ferland’s game-opening goal 10:25 into the first.The Lightning converted their
only power play, while Carolina went 0 for 4. Tampa Bay is the only NHL team not
to allow a power-play goal (18 for 18) this season.The Hurricanes are 2 for 25
with the man advantage overall, and have allowed eight goals on 22 short-handed
situations.“As long as we don’t let the negative part of our special teams drift
into our overall game, then we’re going to be all right,” Brind’Amour
said.Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a game-high seven shots on goal.
The line of Aho (four), Ferland (five) and Teuvo Teravainen (four) combined for
13.Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos has gone 16 regular-season games without a
goal, dating to last season. He had one shot in 16 minutes of play.NOTES:
Domingue tweaked his neck playing basketball during a pregame workout but was
cleared to play. . Carolina LW Brock McGinn was cut on the face early in the
second on the follow-through of Stamkos’ shot attempt. … Mrazek was briefly
shaken up in the second after being struck accidentally by Lightning RW Nikita
Kucherov’s stick behind the net. … Mathieu Joseph got his first NHL point by
assisting on Johnson’s short-handed goal.UP NEXTHurricanes: Host Colorado on
Saturday night.Lightning: Wrap up a season-opening five-game homestand Thursday
night against winless Detroit (0-4-2).
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