Sammy Blais' first 2-goal game sends Blues past Caps
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[March 18, 2023]
Sammy Blais enjoyed
his first career two-goal game to lead the visiting St. Louis Blues past
the Washington Capitals 5-2 Friday night.
Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have won
three of their past five games. Jordan Kyrou and Kasperi Kapanen scored,
and Brandon Saad earned two assists.
Mar 17, 2023; Washington, District of
Columbia, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Joel Hofer (30) celebrates
with Blues left wing Brandon Saad (20) after a goal by Blues left wing
Sammy Blais (not pictured) against the Washington Capitals during the
first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA
Joel Hofer, who came up from Springfield of the
AHL to replace the suspended Jordan Binnnington, made 32 saves
for St. Louis in his first appearance of the season and his
third in the NHL.
Martin Fehervary and Nicklas Backstrom scored and Darcy Kuemper
stopped 17 shots for the Capitals, who have won just two of
their last six games (2-3-1).
Blais scored 1:54 into the game put the Blues ahead 1-0. Schenn
passed to Saad breaking in from the left wing, and then Saad hit
Blais with a cross-crease pass to set up the tally.
Kyrou pushed the Blues' lead to 2-0 by converting a breakaway
4:51 into the second period. Colton Parayko triggered the play
by rimming the puck out of the Blues' zone and up the right
Jakub Vrana claimed the puck in the neutral zone, spun and hit
Kyrou flying up the middle up the ice alone. Kyrou has five
goals and four assists in his past six games.
The Blues scored again in transition to extend their lead to 3-0
at the 9:25 mark of the middle period. Pavel Buchnevich spun in
the neutral zone to feed Kapanen for a slap shot moving in from
the right wing.
Krug set up Blais in the slot for his second goal as the Blues
increased the margin to 4-0 at 14:36 of the second period.
Fehervary put the Capitals on the board 5:47 into the third
period. He moved in from the right point to convert a cross-ice
pass from Alexander Alexeyev.
Backstrom scored a power-play goal from the right faceoff dot
with 2:46 to go as the Capitals played six-on-four with Kuemper
pulled. But Schenn iced the game with an empty-net goal with
--Field Level Media
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