Brandon Saad extended his goal streak to a career-best four straight games, Brayden Schenn scored twice, and Thomas Greiss made 36 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Sunday night.
Saad also set up Schenn’s insurance goal for the Blues in the third period, just after a power play expired for the Wild. Schenn added an empty netter in the closing seconds.
Schenn tripped Kirill Kaprizov with 8:12 remaining, but Greiss – making his first start for Jordan Binnington in eight games since Dec. 20 – stood strong against the extra skater and stopped a whopping 24 shots in the third period. While defense did him no favors, he handled the load himself and made sure the Blues didn’t blow yet another lead in a close game.
It was his 16th career shutout, and his first as a Blue.
The Blues, who have been ravaged this season by injuries and most recently, they lost captain Ryan O’Reilly (foot) and prolific scorer Vladimir Tarasenko (hand), improved to 8-3-3 in their last 14 games. They also scored a power-play goal for the ninth time in 11 games.
Not having Torey Krug, Robert Bortuzzo, and Nick Leddy also hampered the Blues, but Greiss did exactly what he needed to do on Sunday to get the win for St. Louis.