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Blues defeat Flyers, move into tie for second in Central

Remain one point out of first place; teams combine for eight goals in first period

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

Blues set record with five goals

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

The Blues tally five times in the 1st against the Flyers, setting a franchise record for the fastest five goals to start a regular-season game

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues moved into a tie for second place in the Central Division with a 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Enterprise Center on Thursday.

The Blues (44-28-9) and Winnipeg Jets are one point behind the Nashville Predators, who defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The Jets, who lost 3-2 in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche, hold the tiebreaker over the Blues with two more regulation/overtime wins (ROW). St. Louis, Nashville and Winnipeg each has one game remaining.

The Blues, who are 8-1-2 their past 11 games but were coming off a 4-3 shootout loss at the Chicago Blackhawks, set their record for fastest five goals to start a game (9:41). It was the first time they scored five in a period since March 30, 2011, in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings.

"It was nice. We were finishing," center Ryan O'Reilly said. "We came out with some good jump, we got on them right away, we got some good bounces. It gave us some spark. It was a good first for us and got us rolling offensively."


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But St. Louis allowed three goals in the first.

"We made some mistakes and gave up a few, but we tightened her up in the second and third," said forward Alexander Steen, who had two goals and an assist.

Jordan Binnington made 26 saves and set the Blues rookie record with his 23rd win, passing Jake Allen, who won 22 in 2014-15.

The Flyers (37-36-8), eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention, lost their fourth game in a row and sixth in the past seven (1-6-0). They allowed five goals in the first period for the first time since March 15, 1997, against the Buffalo Sabres.

James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott allowed four goals on five shots before being replaced by Carter Hart, who made 27 saves.

"I think human nature always comes down to how much intensity you bring," Elliott said. "When you're not fighting for something like the playoffs, it's a lot tougher to get up for it, but it's still our job to win hockey games. That's why it's disappointing the way things unfolded tonight."

Video: PHI@STL: Schenn puts in loose puck to pad lead

Ivan Barbashev gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 2:49, then O'Reilly scored on the power play at 3:28 to make it 2-0 and tie his NHL career high with his 28th goal.

Steen scored shorthanded at 5:33 to make it 3-0 before Philadelphia's Oskar Lindblom made it 3-1 at 6:45.

Pat Maroon gave St. Louis a 4-1 lead at 6:58, and Elliott was pulled.

Van Riemsdyk scored unassisted to make it 4-2 at 7:24, but David Perron scored on the power play at 9:41 to make it 5-2. Claude Giroux made it 5-3 at 19:17.

It was the third time in NHL history two teams combined for at least six goals in the opening 7:24 and the fourth time two teams scored at least seven in the opening 9:41.

Brayden Schenn made it 6-3 at 13:06 of the second period, and Steen scored his second of the night at 10:34 of the third period to make it 7-3.

Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson returned after missing the past 11 games with a lower-body injury and replaced defenseman Colton Parayko, who was a late scratch with a mid-body injury, according to coach Craig Berube. Parayko missed his first game this season.

Video: PHI@STL: Steen pots smooth backhander from in tight

They said it

"Guys have to realize they have a lot to play for still. There's different things, like you're playing for your teammates. You don't want to get embarrassed. Everybody looks bad on our team when we lose like that and give up seven goals. It's embarrassing." -- Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk

"Yeah, they were trying. They got me some good chances. I think after a couple, they started sitting on me a little bit here. It was nice of them to try." -- Blues forward Alexander Steen on his teammates' attempts to get him his first hat trick with St. Louis

Need to know

Flyers center Nolan Patrick did not play because of an upper-body injury. … Giroux has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in the past 20 games. ... Berube said he's unsure if Parayko will play Saturday against the Canucks. ... O'Reilly scored 28 goals with the Avalanche in 2013-14.

What's next

Flyers: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-MW, SNP, NHL.TV)

Video: Blues use five-goal 1st period to down Flyers, 7-3

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