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St. Louis 9, Minnesota 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, April 9, 2021
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Dan Kelly, Brad Kovachik
Attendance: N/A

Ryan O'Reilly posted his second career hat trick and Jaden Schwartz added a pair of goals as the St. Louis Blues routed the visiting Minnesota Wild 9-1 Friday night.

Justin Faulk (goal, two assists), Sammy Blais (goal, two assists), Torey Krug (two assists), Robert Thomas (two assists) and Tyler Bozak (two assists) also had multi-point games for the Blues.

Zach Sanford and Ivan Barbashev also scored as the Blues won consecutive games for the first time since March 19-20.

Jordan Binnington made 24 saves in the victory.

This game was a slump-buster for the Blues. Schwartz scored his first goal since Jan. 26 (a span of 17 games), Faulk scored his first since Feb. 12 after 25 consecutive games without a goal, and Sanford scored his first in 12 games.

Zach Parise scored for the Wild and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves.

The Blues outshot the Wild 18-12 in the first period while racing to a 4-1 lead.

They scored off the rush 92 seconds into the game. Thomas led the breakout, worked a give-and-go with Bozak, then set up Sanford flying in from the left wing.

Schwartz made it 2-0 while cutting through the right circle at the 6:59 mark. Just 34 seconds later, Parise cut the lead to 2-1 with a rebound conversion for his first goal since Feb. 24.

But Schwartz restored the two-goal margin by coming down the middle to convert Brayden Schenn's left-wing pass nearly eight minutes later.

Blais scored 90 seconds later after Faulk raced to negate an icing call, then centered the puck from behind the net.

O'Reilly made it 5-1 just 69 seconds into the second period. He buried a slap shot driving through the slot.

The rout was on. O'Reilly burst down ice for a shorthanded goal 3 1/2 minutes later. Faulk later made it 7-1 during a delayed penalty on the Wild at the 8:19 mark.

O'Reilly notched his hat trick when he scored from the blue line through traffic midway through the third period and Barbashev made it 9-1 with a power-play deflection with 2:21 remaining.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   St. Louis
Zach Parise 1 Points Ryan O'Reilly 4
Zach Parise 1 Goals Ryan O'Reilly 3
Carson Soucy 1 Assists Sammy Blais 2
N/A Power Play Goals Ivan Barbashev 1
N/A Short Handed Goals Ryan O'Reilly 1
Kaapo Kahkonen .763 Save Percentage Jordan Binnington .960
Kaapo Kahkonen 29 Saves Jordan Binnington 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 25 1 0-2 1-2 4 29
St. Louis 38 9 1-2 2-2 4 35
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Blues have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .364 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Wild have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .643 after a loss.