EditorsNote: fixes “who assisted” in fourth graf; fixes “1:25” in 10th graf
David Perron’s hat trick powered the St. Louis Blues to their first victory of the season, a 5-3 win over the visiting Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
After James Neal’s first goal in a Flames uniform put Calgary ahead 7:32 into the first period, Alexander Steen tied it for the Blues just 12 seconds later.
That was the first of five consecutive goals for the Blues, whose offensive burst came after they allowed five goals in each of their first two games, both losses.
Perron’s first score of the evening came 9:48 into the first period, after collecting a pass from Brayden Schenn, who assisted on all three of Perron’s goals.
Joel Edmundson scored at 17:22 of the first period for a 3-1 St. Louis lead. Edmundson was playing in his first game of the season, as a groin injury kept him out of the Blues’ first two contests.
Schenn took advantage of a poor clearance attempt from Calgary goalie Mike Smith during a St. Louis power play in the second period. Schenn beat Smith to the puck and passed to Perron for the score at the 4:05 mark.
The duo connected on another power play with only 36 seconds left in the period, with Perron blasting in a shot from the point for a 5-1 edge.
The hat trick was Perron’s fourth. His most recent was also against Calgary on Oct. 22, 2016.
Third-period goals from Derek Ryan and Mikael Backlund brought Calgary back within striking distance, though the late surge emphasized the Flames’ failure to capitalize on opportunities earlier in the game.
Sean Monahan hit the post while taking a penalty shot in the first period, and the Flames went 0-for-4 on the power play, including a two-man advantage for a 1:25 stretch in the second period.
Flames goalie David Rittich stopped all eight shots he faced to keep St. Louis off the board in the third period, after replacing Smith during the second intermission. Smith allowed five goals on 24 shots.
Blues goalie Jake Allen made 31 saves.
—Field Level Media