ST. LOUIS – Jordan Binnington made a season-high 50 saves to help the St. Louis Blues make a seven-game slip with a 3-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Sammy Blais and Jake Walman scored to help St. Louis end a 0-6-1 stretch. It also gave the Blues their first home win since an overtime win against San Jose on Feb. 18.
"It was an embarrassing time to lose so many games in a row," said Tarasenko. “We currently have a lot of games against some tough opponents. Obviously we are fighting for the playoffs, but our goal is to have a winning streak so there is no need to talk a lot about this game. "
"I didn't really know until I came in here," Binnington said of his 50 saves that night. "We competed and did a good job of keeping them out and cleaning up rebounds."
Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves while losing his third start in a row.
"You can't really see them early," said Vegas center Mark Stone. “We blew them up in their building on Monday. It's naive for us to think they won't come out and give us their best game. "
Tarasenko scored his third goal of the season 48 seconds into the game to give St. Louis an early lead.
"It's nice to score at the start of the game," said Tarasenko. "I had a big break without hockey and still trying to get my timing back."
Blais scored 7:21 in the first when he threw a feed from David Perron over Fleury's glove for his fourth goal of the season to make it 2-0. Blais had been a healthy scratch for St. Louis's previous three games.
Walman scored his first NHL goal to add some insurance with 6:27 left in the regulations to make it 3-0.
"I blacked out a bit, but it was a great game from our forwards to get the puck deep in the zone," said Walman. "(Jordan) Kyrou made a good pass off the trail, I think, and it came right up to me and I was lucky to be able to put it in the net."
Nicoals Roy ruined Binnington's bid for his ninth career shutout when he scored his second goal of the season with 4:16 to go.
"It's the time of year when you have to get different guys to contribute every night," said Vegas coach Pete DeBoer. “We got a fourth line goal tonight, which was big. We knew St. Louis was going to be very good. "
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Kyle Clifford and Ryan Reaves dropped the gloves in the middle of the first period. It was Clifford's fourth team fight of the season.
Blues defender Robert Bortuzzo was a healthy scratch for the first time this season and striker Mike Hoffman was a healthy scratch for the second time in five games.
Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson returned to the lineup after missing Vegas's last three games with an upper body injury. Defender Alec Martinez was a late scratch and didn't take the ice for warm-up after scoring two goals Monday night. Vegas played a short skater and dressed 12 forwards and five defenders.
“It's always hard to miss someone like that,” said Vegas defender Shea Theodore. "I think there is more chance of Ice Age at the end of the day, I guess. I think we should all go a step further at the back if we have such a guy."
Golden Knights: Host Arizona on Friday nights.
Blues: Host Minnesota on Friday nights.