Devils clipped by Blues in rare road loss

ST. LOUIS — Jordan Kyrou and Brayden Schenn each had a goal and an assist and the St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Former Ranger Pavel Buchnevich and Alexey Toropchenko also scored for the Blues, who swept the two-game season series and won for the ninth time in their last 10 homes games against the Devils. Robert Thomas had a pair of assists. Jordan Binnington made 33 saves.

Dawson Mercer and Erik Haula scored for the Devils, who had their five-game point streak snapped (4-0-1). Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves.

The Blues took control with a pair of goals early in the second period.

Toropchenko broke a 1-all tie four minutes in with his fourth goal of the season. Kyrou made it 3-1 Blues less than two minutes later.

Mackenzie Blackwood looks on after giving up a goal during the Devils’ 4-2 loss to the Blues.

Kyrou has a three-game multipoint streak and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last nine games.

Haula got the Devils back in it midway through the second after Fabian Zetterlund’s pass found him all alone in front of the Blues’ net.

Schenn’s power-play goal with 8:18 left in the third extended St. Louis’ advantage to two goals at 4-2.

Erik Haula celebrates after scoring a goal during the Devils' loss.
Erik Haula celebrates after scoring a goal during the Devils’ loss.
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Buchnevich gave the Blues the early lead with a late first-period goal, burying a feed from Ivan Barbashev with 3:28 left.

Mercer answered for the Devils 58 seconds later, roofing a rebound off Jesper Boqvist’s shot to tie it 1.

Even with the loss, New Jersey has the league’s best road record at 20-4-3. With their win at Columbus on Tuesday, the Devils became the fastest team in league history to reach 20 wins in a season, doing it in 26 games and topping the previous mark of 27 games set by Washington.

Injured Devils forward Jack Hughes (upper body) and defenseman Brendan Smith (lower body) took part in the team’s morning skate, but did not suit up for the game.