ST. LOUIS — Alec Martinez scored two targets and William Provider added a purpose and an attend, sparking the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday evening.
Vegas coach Pete DeBoer beloved what he saw from his crew, which had been scuffling in newest games.
“We talked about stress-free. We’re in a correct space,” DeBoer mentioned. “We would prefer to place up the correct things we’re doing and repair some things we weren’t doing properly. The crew came out committed and got rewarded for that.”
Tyler Bozak scored for St. Louis.
Robin Lehner changed into as soon as in purpose for the Golden Knights and made 31 saves.
“Robin is necessary. We’ve got two guys taking part in on top of their games,” Martinez mentioned. “It’s well-known goalies retain you in games. It’s mammoth to see them play the device in which they’re taking part in. It frees us as much as mark some performs when they play love they’ve been.”
With the salvage, the Golden Knights snapped a 0-2-1 skid and raised their overall story to 25-10-2, correct for 2d set aside of abode in the West. Vegas has won its final four meetings against St. Louis.
The Blues are 0-6-1 with right eight targets scored since March 22, correct for fifth set aside of abode in the West. St. Louis has fallen to 2-8-1 in its final 11 games.
’It’s now not love we’re letting our foot off the gas here,” Blues forward David Perron mentioned. “We’re in actuality searching to discover it performed every evening. Nonetheless that doesn’t happen today. It’s about us sticking together, that’s in actuality what it’s. We don’t birth losing faith in the leisure, we in actuality factor in in our crew. Certain, there’s time, but we’ve got to birth finding results.”
The Golden Knights’ scored the first two targets before St. Louis got one in the first length.
Nosek got Vegas going at 6: 25 on a tip-in. Standing in front of the receive, he redirected a shot from the purpose by Reduce Holden for his first purpose this season. Vegas made it 2-0 at 12: 45, when Martinez snapped a wrist shot from within the blue line.
“Coming off the final two games one of the significant things we didn’t love changed into as soon as now not striking the puck in the encourage of the receive,” Martinez mentioned. “We tried to discover alternatives. The forwards did a in actuality correct job of getting bodies in front of the goalie. It paid dividends.”
St. Louis decrease the lead to 2-1 on a purpose by Bozak at 17: 01. Zach Sanford skated in the encourage of the receive and handed to Bozak in the slot and his wrist shot beat Lehner.
Vegas blew the game originate with four targets in the 2d length.
The Golden Knights scored two targets 32 seconds apart and added but every other for three targets in 1: 59 and a 5-1 serve in the 2d length. Martinez scored on a one-timer at 7: 08, followed by Provider, who tipped in a shot at 7: 40. Marchessault scored on a wrist shot at 9: 07.
“It changed into as soon as in actuality correct tonight,” Marchessault mentioned. “We were finding lanes and we had bodies in front of the goalie. We had about a correct bounces there. This wants to be a undeniable for us the reduction of the device in which.”
That purpose chased rookie goalie Villie Husso, who confronted 19 pictures. Jordan Binnington came in for Husso, who started successive games for the first time with the Blues.
“Cushy performs, coverage, things love that spherical our receive, targets that potentially wants to be stopped, things love that,” Blues coach Craig Berube mentioned about what came about in that Vegas outburst.
Binnington changed into as soon as touched for Vegas’ final 2d-length purpose at 13: 00 when Hague scored on a wrist shot.
The recreation began a stretch wherein the Blues will play eight of their subsequent 10 games at home. St. Louis fell to 4-9-4 at home.
Berbe mentioned he knows what wants to be performed to turn things spherical.
“Stick together and retain working and I’m going to place up teaching them, that’s how,” Berube mentioned.
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RETURN OF PIETRANGELO
The Blues honored Alex Pietrangelo, the weak Blues captain and a mammoth portion of the Stanley Cup champion crew, with a video tribute and a standing ovation by the restricted desire of followers in attendance. Pietrangelo made his first return to St. Louis since signing a free-agent contract with the Vegas Golden Knights final October as a participant. He uncared for the games in St. Louis on March 12-13 consequently of an damage. After the morning skate on a video chat, Pietrangelo mentioned about the trip: “A puny bit numerous, right? Clearly I didn’t in actuality know the set aside to lag this morning coming in the unsuitable system, but all correct. Clearly an thrilling recreation for me. I didn’t discover to attain encourage final time, but enterprise as accepted for us available.”
BLUES ROSTER MOVE
The St. Louis Blues activated defenseman Colton Parayko from injured reserve. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Parayko has uncared for the past 21 games — dating to Feb. 15 — with an higher-physique damage. The Blues also assigned forward Jacob de la Rose, who cleared waivers Monday, to the taxi squad.
The Knights will stay in St. Louis and play the Blues on Wednesday evening.