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Schwartz, Blues defeat Jets for eighth straight win

Scores twice, Binnington makes 25 saves to help St. Louis sweep home-and-home

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Schwartz scores in front of net

WPG@STL: Schwartz finishes slick Kyrou feed in front

Jordan Kyrou gets a pass through near the front of the net to Jaden Schwartz, who finishes in alone with a goal to put the Blues back up 2-1

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ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues won their eighth straight game, 4-1 against the Winnipeg Jets at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for St. Louis (26-8-6), which has outscored its opponents 33-16 during the streak, including a sweep of a home-and-home with the Jets following a 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg on Friday.

Jordan Kyrou had two assists for his first multipoint game in the NHL.

 

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"We're just finding different ways to win," said Schwartz, who extended his point streak to seven games (four goals, seven assists). "Our special teams has been good. I think we're just aggressive. You look at our forwards backchecking, our D have such tight gaps. We're just frustrating other teams and making it hard on their top players and we're spending some time in the O-zone and kind of wearing teams down. We're playing tight, aggressive and together, and it looks pretty quick and fast that way."

Nick Shore scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg (21-15-3). The Jets are 2-5-1 in their past eight games.

Video: WPG@STL: Shore rifles one-timer in from Shaw

"I liked the way we played in here tonight," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "Even better than [Friday], and we scored four, and then it turns on a play or two. It's not far off."

Ryan O'Reilly gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 14:18 of the first period when he followed up on a rebound with a backhand shot. It was his first goal at home in 20 games this season.

Video: WPG@STL: Pietrangelo sets club mark on O'Reilly goal

Shore tied it 1-1 on a one-timer at 5:40 of the second after Logan Shaw stripped Robert Bortuzzo of the puck along the wall and sent a pass to Shore.

"I thought our line (with Jansen Harkins and Shaw) did some good things," Shore said.

Schwartz scored at 15:09 of the second period for a 2-1 lead. Kyrou found Schwartz entering the slot, where he put a shot between Hellebuyck's pads.

Robert Thomas scored on a power play at 7:06 of the third period to give the Blues a 3-1 lead. He collected a rebound of Vince Dunn's shot and patiently waited out Hellebuyck before roofing a wrist shot into the top of the net.

Video: WPG@STL: Thomas scores PPG in 3rd period

"Big goal by Robby Thomas on the power play," Blues coach Craig Berube said.

Schwartz scored a shorthanded empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining for the 4-1 final.

 

They said it

"Playing the defending Stanley Cup champions, you can't afford to make too many mistakes. We have to learn from it and move on." -- Jets defenseman Neal Pionk

"I thought it was a good game. We did a lot of good things out there. We were pretty solid all around. I thought the goalie was good, made good saves when we needed him to. [The penalty kill] did a great job tonight." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

 

Need to know

Jets forward Patrik Laine's three-game point streak ended; he had 13 shot attempts (five on goal) but was minus-2. ... Blues forward David Perron extended his point streak to six games (four goals, six assists) with an assist on O'Reilly's goal. ... Alex Pietrangelo got his 326th NHL regular-season assist and passed Al MacInnis for the most by a defenseman in Blues history; he extended his point streak to four games (three goals, four assists) and has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games. ... Binnington has won six straight starts and has a 2.15 goals-against average and .921 save percentage over that span.

 

What's next

Jets: At the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ALT2, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Blues: At the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

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