Blues score nine, cruise past Wild in first of three-game set

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ST. LOUIS — Ryan O’Reilly scored his second NHL hat trick for the St. Louis Blues in a 9-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Enterprise Center on Friday.

O’Reilly had an assist, Justin Faulk and Sammy Blais each had a goal and two assists, and Jaden Schwartz scored two goals for the Blues (18-16-6), who won their second straight game after losing seven in row (0-6-1). Jordan Binnington made 24 saves.

Kappo Kahkonen allowed nine goals on 38 shots for Minnesota (24-13-2). It was the most lopsided loss in Wild history, and the nine goals were the most allowed in one game by Minnesota and the most allowed by a Wild goalie in one game.

It was the first of three straight games between the teams. They will play here Saturday and at Minnesota on Monday.

Zach Sanford gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 1:32 of the first period.

Schwartz made it 2-0 at 6:59 before Zach Parise‘s first goal in 15 games cut the lead to 2-1 at 7:33.

Schwartz made it 3-1 at 15:23, and Blais scored for the second straight game to make it 4-1 at 16:53.

O’Reilly made it 5-1 at 1:09 of the second period. He scored shorthanded at 4:39 to make it 6-1.

Faulk scored his first in 26 games at 8:19 to make it 7-1 on the Blues’ 23rd shot on goal.

O’Reilly scored his third of the night at 10:17 of the third period to make it 8-1.

Ivan Barbashev scored a power-play goal at 17:39 to make it 9-1.

Robert Thomas, Tyler Bozak and Torey Krug each had two assists for St. Louis.

The Blues’ previous season high for goals came in a 7-6 win at the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 27.

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