Airdrie native Jake Neighbours' second goal of the season at the 7:12 mark of the second period broke a scoreless draw and propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 4 - 1 win over the New Jersey Devils last night (November 3) in St. Louis.
Neighbours took a pass from Sammy Blais and moved in alone on Devils goaltender Akira Schmid, firing a high wrist shot past the Swiss netminder. Following the win, Neighbours said it was a good night for himself and linemates Blais and Oskar Sundqvist.
"We're, you know, physical, on top of guys, played a lot in the offensive zone, and we’re skating pretty well and had some good chemistry. Obviously, if we can contribute offensively, that’s just a bonus.”
The game was closer than the final score indicated with Neighbours and Kevin Hayes being the only two Blues to score with Schmid still in the net. Hayes' second of the night and Robert Thomas' third of the season came in the final two minutes of the third with the Devils' goal empty. Curtis Lazar was the only New Jersey shooter to beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington who blocked 33 of the 34 shots he faced and also picked up an assist on Hayes' empty netter.
Devils fans held their breath when NHL leading scorer Jack Hughes fell hard into the boards in the first period. After leaving the game, Hughes returned for one shift and then didn't come back for the rest of the night. Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said Hughes will be further evaluated today. Hughes is off to a great start to the season with 5 goals and 15 assists for 20 points in just ten games.
The victory evens St. Louis' record to 4-4-1 while the Devils fall to 6-2-1.
Tonight, Neighbours and the rest of the Blues host the Montreal Canadiens.
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