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Blues shake off fatigue to beat Flyers 4-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Blues shake off fatigue to beat Flyers 4-2
St. Louis Blues 4, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Carlo Colaiacovo
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:52
Daniel Briere
2nd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:51
Brian Elliott
3rd
SA: 36TOI: 59:58
GA: 2EV: 29-30
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .944SH: 1-1

The St. Louis Blues sure didn't look like the team that played Friday and then traveled through the night.

Kent Huskins and T.J Oshie scored early goals and Brian Elliott was strong in net to lead the Blues to a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

The Blues won their second game in as many nights. After beating Carolina in overtime on their home ice, they didn't arrive in their Philadelphia hotel until after 3 a.m. and skipped the morning skate.

Maybe the extra rest helped, because the Blues hardly looked fatigued -- they pounced on the Flyers and Huskins scored only 1:48 into the game.

Ilya Bryzgalov had another rough performance in net for the Flyers. After allowing five goals in a loss to Washington on Thursday, he allowed two on the first eight shots.

Danny Briere and Matt Carle scored for the Flyers.

"St. Louis didn't appear to be tired," Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said.

Blues center Jason Arnott set up the first goal when he beat Claude Giroux off a faceoff in Philadelphia's zone. Huskins took a soft shot from the point once the puck came his way, but it was enough to beat Bryzgalov for the early goal.

The Blues made it 2-0 on a nice give-and-go from Carlo Colaiacovo to Oshie. Bryzgalov bit on Colaiacovo's give, allowing Oshie to easily pound home his first goal of the season for a 2-0 lead with 9:56 left. That made it two goals on eight shots for the Blues.

"We're playing the team game that we drew up at the beginning of the year," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. "We kept it simple and got back to the basics."

Laviolette called his timeout and unloaded on his team for their second straight sluggish start. In an effort to spark the offense, Laviolette switched around his line combinations.

He mixed them up at Friday's practice, only to scrap them and try new combos against St. Louis.

Briere was off to a slow start with only one goal in the first six games. He showed a sign of snapping out of the funk when he snapped a wrister from the circle high over Elliott's glove 56 seconds into the second to make it 2-1.

All that momentum against Elliott, back in net a night after holding off the Hurricanes, was short-lived. They could never sustain any more serious attacks against Elliott.

"Internal competition drives a hockey team to be better every day and this is no different," said Blues coach Davis Payne, referring to his goaltending tandem of Elliott and Jaroslav Halak.

The Flyers caught a break late in the third when a replay review showed Carle's puck crossed the line before it was swiped away by a St. Louis defenseman to make it 3-2. The crowd roared when the review went in Philadelphia's favor and momentum could have shifted.

But the energy was sucked out of the building when Matt D'Agostini backhanded a power-play goal just over a minute later for a 4-2 lead.

The Blues had been an NHL-worst 1-for-25 on the power play entering the game, but D'Agostini -- the overtime hero on Friday -- made the Flyers pay with Scott Hartnell in the box for cross-checking.

Late in the second period, Colaiacovo knocked in a loose puck late off a rebound for a 3-1 lead. Like Oshie, it was his first goal of the season.

Bryzgalov said there was a lack of communication on the goal.

"We need to have three words and everybody has to know these words," Bryzgalov said. "Play it, leave it or over. Not, everybody comes up with his own words, like, 'I'll pick up,' or 'don't touch' or something like that. It needs to be a simple three words so everybody understands everybody, and we're all on the same page. And then we won't have this problem in the future."

Colaiacovo played for the second straight night after missing five games with an upper-body injury suffered in the season opener.

Blues forward David Backes left in the second period with an upper-body injury after being hit by Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger. Backes was down on the ice for a bit before skating off on his own power.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:48
STL
Kent Huskins (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Arnott (4)
1 - 0 STL
10:04
STL
T.J. Oshie (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Carlo Colaiacovo (1), Roman Polak (2)
2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
00:56
PHI
Daniel Briere (2) Snap shot - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (3), Chris Pronger (6)
2 - 1 STL
15:36
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Steen (3), Evgeny Grachev (1)
3 - 1 STL
3rd Period
13:14
PHI
PPG - Matthew Carle (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (2), Daniel Briere (3)
3 - 2 STL
14:20
STL
PPG - Matt D'Agostini (4) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
17:23
PHI
Maxime Talbot  Holding against  Jason Arnott
2nd Period
05:31
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
05:31
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Cross checking against  David Backes
06:10
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Cross checking against  Brayden Schenn
13:03
STL
Evgeny Grachev  Slashing against  Matthew Carle
19:41
STL
Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Wayne Simmonds
19:41
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
3rd Period
12:31
STL
Roman Polak  Hi-sticking against  Scott Hartnell
13:14
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Cross checking against  Barret Jackman
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 36TOI: 59:58
Saves: 34EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 25TOI: 57:39
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .840SH: 1 - 1