Saad scores twice, Blues top Sharks for first win in five games


ST. LOUIS Brandon Saad scored twice to help the St. Louis Blues to their first win in five games, 4-1 against the San Jose Sharks at Enterprise Center on Thursday.

David Perron had two assists and Ville Husso made 26 saves for the Blues (9-5-2), who were 0-3-1 their previous four games.

James Reimer made 44 saves for the Sharks (8-7-1), who ended a five-game road trip 2-3-0.

Saad’s power-play goal, his first in six games, at 10:25 of the first period by redirecting a puck in from the crease gave the Blues a 1-0 lead.

Saad’s goal came after the Sharks thought they had taken a 1-0 lead from Logan Couture at 7:21 but the Blues challenged for offside and the goal was overturned.

Robert Thomas made it 2-0 at 1:35 of the second on a quick redirection over Reimer’s shoulder from a Pavel Buchnevich pass. Scott Perunovich carried the puck up the ice into the zone before feeding Buchnevich. Perunovich had an assist for his first NHL point.

Jonathan Dahlen‘s quick shot from the slot off a Timo Meier pass made it 2-1 at 8:16, but Saad’s second of the game at 10:17, a one-timer from the right of the slot made it 3-1.

Jordan Kyrou extended his point streak to six games when he scored with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle to make it 4-1 at 1:09 of the third.

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