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How the 2018-19 regular-season was one for the record books

by Brett Barczewski / St. Louis Blues

What a regular season it was!

While the start of the season didn't go as planned (15-18-4, 34 points through Dec. 31), the St. Louis Blues found a way to put together a historic second half and climb their way into the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Along the way, the club set franchise records, individual players set career-highs and the Blues became the team many were expecting when the season began.

Here are the myriad of ways the 2018-19 season has already been one to remember:

- On the morning of Jan. 3, the Blues sat dead last in the NHL. Since, the Blues have posted a record 30-10-5 with 65 points to boast an overall record of 45-28-9 with 99 points. The club became the seventh team in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68) to make it to the postseason after sitting last overall at any point after New Year's Day and the first to do it since the 1996-97 Ottawa Senators. The Blues reached 45 wins for the 10th time in franchise history and reached 99 points for the 11th time in franchise history.

- The Blues posted a franchise record 11-game win streak from Jan. 23 - Feb. 19, which was the longest win streak in the NHL this season and the longest since the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 straight games from Nov. 29, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017.

- The Blues posted a 12-1-1 record in February, which set a franchise record for wins in February and tied the franchise record for wins in a calendar month (April 2013).

- The Blues went 517 minutes and 28 seconds without trailing in a game (11:09 of third period on Feb. 5 to 3:46 of second period on Feb. 21), which is the longest streak in franchise history. The Blues also went eight consecutive games without trailing (Feb. 7 to Feb. 19), which established a new franchise record.

- The Blues had 13 players score 10 or more goals this season, which is a franchise record. The club also had three defensemen score 10 or more goals this season, which is a franchise record.

- On April 4 vs. Philadelphia, the Blues scored five goals in the first 9:41 of the game, which established a new franchise record for the fastest five goals to start a regular season game.

Video: PHI@STL: Blues set club record with five-goal 1st

 

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- Craig Berube led the Blues to a 38-19-6 record (82 points) since taking over behind the bench on Nov. 19.

- Jordan Binnington won 24 games this season, establishing a new franchise record for rookie goaltenders. He also set a franchise record among rookie goaltenders with five shutouts. The goaltender won nine straight starts from Jan. 23 - Feb.19, which is the longest win streak for a Blues rookie goaltender in franchise history (9-0-0, 1.32 GAA, .947 SV%, 3 SO). He was the first rookie goaltender in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68) to conclude a season with a goals-against average of 1.89 or lower and the first to do so since Toronto's Al Rollins in 1950-51, who posted a 1.77 GAA. Binnington also became one of five goalies in NHL history to record his first 20-career wins in his first 25 or fewer career starts.

- Ryan O'Reilly posted a career-high 49 assists, becoming the first Blue to record at least 49 assists in a season since Paul Kariya (49) in 2007-08. O'Reilly also posted a career-high 77 points, becoming the first Blue to record at least 77 points in a season since Pavol Demitra (93) in 2002-03. The Blues' forward also tied his career-high with 28 goals (2013-14 with Colorado) and set a career-high with his plus-22 rating.

- Vladimir Tarasenko reached 30 goals and 30 assists for the fifth straight season, which shares the second-longest streak in franchise history (1. Hull, seven straight seasons).

- David Perron recorded points in a career-high 17 consecutive games played (nine goals, 13 assists) from Dec. 22 - March 21, which is the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

- Ivan Barbashev posted career-highs in games (80), goals (14), assists (12) and points (26).

- Oskar Sundqvist scored 14 goals this season after entering the season with just two career goals. He also posted career highs in games (74), assists (17), and points (31).

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