Ville Husso only allowed one puck by him, won his first game since November 27th.
By: Peter Bojarinov
ST.LOUIS, MO – Pavel Buchnevich had a three point as the St.Louis Blues defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1 at Enterprise Center on Friday night in their 11th straight home win.
Torey Krug, Oskar Sundqvist, and Ilya Barbashev each had a goal for St.Louis (20-10-5), while Robert Thomas, and Ryan O’Reilly chipped in with two assists. Daniel Sprong replied for Washington (20-7-8). Ville Husso turned away 26 for the Blues, while Ilya Samsonov 16, and Zack Furcale had 7 saves for the Capitals.
NHL writer Lou Korac tweeted before the game:
Sprong went top shelf for a goal setup by rookie Aliaksei Protas early to start the game (2:02).
Husso held the fort for the remainder of the opening period, as the Capitals’ had many offensive scoring chances. The 26 year-old goaltender was in his first game since December 7th, he had a lower-body injury.
The Capitals’ with all the momentum in the first period were halted after Blues Krug scored on a pass that avoided the Washington defenders from Thomas (12:10).
The away team continued to put the pressure on St.Louis but 3rd on the team in scoring (12) Buchnevich was able to one-time a pass from Marco Scandella by Samsonov (9:08).
Alexei Kuznetsov went to the dressing room temporarily after his Russian teammate Alexander Ovechkin’s stick caught him in the face in a faceoff scrum in the middle of the period.
Late in the 2nd, Oskar Sundqvist and Ilya Barbashev scored to take a 4-1 lead to finish the period.
Depth forward Sundqvist rebounded a point shot from Justin Faulk (17:20), and a wide open Barbashev was able to wrist one for a goal with almost no time remaining in the frame (19:59).
Fucale started between the pipes for Washinton to start the final regulation period, after starter Samsonov was pulled.
With the Quebec native Furcale pulled late in the 3rd period, Buchnevich capped off his offensive night with an empty net goal (16:08).
Notes: For St.Louis Robert Bortuzzo came back in the linup, but lost Vladimir Tarasenko Scott Perunovich, and Jake Walman to COVID-19 protocol. Klim Kostin slotted back in after a healthy scratch. Blues assistant coach Mike Van Ryn was taken off the COVID-19 protocol list before the game. For Washington, Vitek Vanecek did not skate in the morning, he is with the team but has a non-Covid illness, On injured reserve for the Capitals are TJ Oshie, and Nicklas Backstrom. Blues continue their streak at home (10-0-1).