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Robby Fabbri gets first NHL hat trick in Blues win

St. Louis rallies past Flyers with four straight goals in third period

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Robby Fabbri clutched the three pucks in his hand after his first NHL hat trick helped the St. Louis Blues defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 at Scottrade Center on Wednesday.

"It's a cool feeling. It's special," Fabbri said. "To get it in a win is even better."

Fabbri said he could remember getting hat tricks at the junior level, but he couldn't recall how long ago it was.

"I couldn't tell you that; it's been awhile," he said.

The Blues (19-12-5) trailed 3-2 after Flyers forward Brayden Schenn scored a power-play goal at 4:13 of the third period, but they responded with four straight goals.


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David Perron and Scottie Upshall started the run when they scored 1:20 apart. Perron tied it 3-3 with a deflection at 5:53, and Upshall put St. Louis ahead 4-3 with a deflection of his own at 7:13.

Fabbri scored his second of the game with 4:59 remaining to put the Blues up 5-3, and then completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 2:56 remaining to make it 6-3.

Video: PHI@STL: Fabbri records his first career hat trick

St. Louis scored three third-period goals in its previous nine games.

Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for the Blues, who are 14-2-4 at home, including 12-1-4 in the past 17 games.

"I think we've had a lot of these go our way at home," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We just stay on it. We trust our work at home and believe in it and just stay on it."

Backup goalie Carter Hutton made 17 saves for his first win since Nov. 5.

Video: PHI@STL: Shattenkirk blasts PPG off Steen's drop pass

Wayne Simmonds and Schenn each had a goal and an assist, Nick Cousins scored, and Travis Konecny had two assists for the Flyers (20-13-4). Steve Mason made 19 saves.

It was Philadelphia's fourth loss in five games (1-3-1) after a 10-game winning streak.

"We wanted just too easy of a night," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "We wanted to play too easy of a game. We have to be better and we'll address that, and we're not going into easy places to play the rest of this road trip, so we'll sort it out and get back to work tomorrow, and that's the bottom line."

Video: PHI@STL: Schenn rips home one-timer for PPG

Simmonds scored his Flyers-leading 17th goal to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead 3:25 into the game, but St. Louis got two power-play goals, from Shattenkirk at 15:01 and Fabbri with 11.7 seconds remaining in the first, to take a 2-1 lead.

The Flyers scored the only goal in the second period when Cousins deflected Ivan Provorov's wrist shot from the left point. After Cousins tipped it in the slot, the puck caromed off Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and got past Hutton at 4:32 to tie it 2-2.

Goal of the game

Simmonds opened the scoring off a perfect tic-tac-toe play with Schenn and Konecny that had the Blues standing in place.

Video: PHI@STL: Simmonds buries Konecny's nice feed in 1st

Save of the game

Mason went to his right to stop a one-timer from Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson from the top of the left faceoff circle at 1:09 of the second period after a give-and-go pass play between Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny on the right wing to set up the shot.

Video: PHI@STL: Mason gobbles up Edmundson's wrist shot

Highlight of the game

Fabbri's second of the game was a microcosm of the Blues goals. He fended off Cousins' challenge for the puck along the wall on the left side of the Flyers zone, moved it into the left circle, and beat Mason to the short side.

Video: PHI@STL: Fabbri bags second goal of the game in 3rd

Unsung performance of the game

Hitchcock loved the work of the Blues' third line, and center Patrik Berglund was front and center. Berglund was 9-for-13 on faceoffs and created a lot of space for Fabbri and Jaskin, who combined for five points. Berglund had an assist, two hits, a takeaway and a plus-1 rating.

They said it

"Our team, for the most part, when we got down by a goal early, we didn't flinch. We held our game." -- Blues left wing Scottie Upshall

Video: PHI@STL: Upshall tips shot through Mason's five-hole

Need to know

Fabbri (20 years, 341 days) is the second-youngest player in Blues history to get a hat trick behind Bernie Federko (20 years, 269 days). … Defenseman Colton Parayko and forward Dmitrij Jaskin each had two assists for St. Louis. … The Blues activated Stastny (upper body) off injured reserve Wednesday after he missed one game. ... Flyers center Sean Couturier returned after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury. ... Philadelphia defenseman Nick Schultz played after being a healthy scratch 22 straight games. … The Flyers had an apparent goal by Schenn waved off 3:45 into the third period when the referee lost sight of the puck and blew his whistle, but Schenn scored 28 seconds later.

What's next

Flyers: At the San Jose Sharks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; CSN-CA, CSN-PH, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Nashville Predators on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN1, FS-MW, FS-TN, NHL.TV)


Video: Fabbri's hat trick leads Blues past Flyers, 6-3

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