Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Joel
Edmundson collected one goal and one assist as the visiting
Blues claimed their eighth straight win by defeating the Arizona
Coyotes 4-0 on Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz.
This winning spree has moved St. Louis up to third in the
Central Division. The last time the Blues won eight straight
games was during a nine-game run from Oct. 15-Nov. 5, 2002.
Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington made 21 saves to record his
third shutout of the season in only his 13th start. Binnington
has compiled an incredible 11-1-1 record to kick off his NHL
career, and in this one received more than enough offensive
Edmundson's first goal in 48 games opened the scoring just 3:33
into the game. The defenseman joined the rush, took a pass from
Jaden Schwartz and chipped a shot into the cage for his second
goal of the season.
Tarasenko doubled the lead with 4:29 remaining in the opening
frame. Edmundson fired a high point shot that Tarasenko
deflected into the cage.
Tarasenko then notched his second of the night, and 24th of the
season, with a power-play marker at 16:21 of the second period
to make it 3-0. He took a cross-ice pass as he cruised into the
left circle and wristed the puck home for his sixth goal in four
Tarasenko is also riding a career-high 10-game point streak in
which he's netted 17 points (nine goals and eight assists). He's
the third Blues player this season to have a point streak of 10
games or more. The others are Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron, a
feat that last happened in Blues history in 1991-92 (Brett Hull,
Adam Oates and Craig Janney).
Robert Bortuzzo rounded out the scoring at 12:03 of the third
period, burying a long point shot through traffic for his second
goal of the year.
Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 20 saves for the Coyotes, whose
two-game winning streak was snapped.
--Field Level Media
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