O'Reilly scores pair as Blues dump Golden Knights
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[November 17, 2018]
Ryan O'Reilly scored two goals
and Jake Allen had 32 saves as the visiting St. Louis Blues snapped
a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden
Knights on Friday night in Las Vegas.
Brayden Schenn and Oskar Sundqvist also scored goals for St. Louis,
which won for the second time in two meetings this season with the
defending Western Conference champions. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden
Schwartz each had two assists.
William Carrier scored his third goal of the season and Marc-Andre
Fleury stopped 31 shots for Vegas. Fleury fell to 5-7-2 in his
career against the Blues, just one of three teams he has a losing
Carrier took advantage of a miscue by Blues defenseman Carl
Gunnarsson to give Vegas a 1-0 lead just 6:03 into the first period.
Gunnarsson mishandled a rolling puck near his own blue line and
Carrier picked it up and went in on a breakaway, firing a shot
between Allen's pads.
But St. Louis came right back to tie it just 38 seconds later when
Schwartz dug the puck out of the corner and passed to Tarasenko. He
did a nifty drop pass in the slot to O'Reilly, who then backhanded a
shot under Fleury's right arm. It was the first goal allowed by
Fleury in 138 minutes and 52 seconds at T-Mobile Arena, where he had
recorded back-to-back shutouts.
O'Reilly gave the Blues a 2-1 lead in the second period when he
deflected Schwartz's shot from the top of the right circle past
Fleury's stick side for his 10th goal of the season.
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Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) looks on during the second period
against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory
Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
St. Louis then took control with two more goals in a 59-second span
at the end of the period.
Schenn, activated from injured reserve before the game, scored the
first on a deflection of a Joel Edmundson shot from the high slot
for his fourth goal of the season. Sundqvist followed when he
scooped up a rebound of a Vince Dunn shot and then deked Fleury and
slid the puck in glove side. It was Sundqvist's fourth goal of the
season and third against the Golden Knights.
--Field Level Media
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