Lindgren, Blues send Canadiens to sixth straight loss, 4-1


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Charlie Lindgren (39) of the St. Louis Blues makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Michael Thomas)

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Charlie Lindgren made 22 saves and Pavel Buchnevich added a goal and an assist, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the free-falling Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Ivan Barbashev, Dakota Joshua and Torey Krug also scored for St. Louis.

The Blues have won seven straight home games, their longest streak since winning nine in a row from December 12, 2019 through January. 13, 2020.

Lindgren, who was making his second start of the season, replaced Jordan Binnington, who remains on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

“He made some big saves for us at important times,” said St. Louis coach Craig Berube.

Alexander Romanov scored for Montreal, ending the Canadiens’ famine of 134: 49. Montreal has lost six in a row. Jake Allen, who spent seven seasons in St. Louis, made 33 saves on his seventh straight start for the Canadiens.

Vladimir Tarasenko added two assists for the Blues, who have amassed points in seven of their last eight games.

Lindgren made 29 saves in a 6-2 win over Detroit on Thursday. The 27-year-old had his first action in nearly two years in a stint against Florida two days earlier. He’s listed as the fourth goaltender on the Blues’ depths chart.

“Player of the game tonight for us for sure,” said St. Louis C Matthew Peca.

Lindgren made 10 saves in the third period after a relaxing start to the game.

Due to injuries and COVID concerns, the Blues were forced to dress six players who started the season with the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds.

“They are definitely excited and they want to prove themselves,” Berube said. “They want to play well.

Lindgren, Peca, Joshua, Logan Brown, Nathan Walker and Scott Perunovich form the Springfield Connection.

“It’s fun, just trying to make the most of the opportunity,” Joshua said. “It’s nice to be able to step in and help the guys get a win.”

Buchnevich converted from close range just 63 seconds into the game. He has nine goals and 11 assists in his last 17 games.

Joshua converted a 2-1 on an assist from Logan Brown for a 2-0 cushion in the second. It was Joshua’s first score of the season.

“It was a great assist,” said Joshua. “I just made a move and I was able to set it up.”

Barbashev extended the lead to 3-0 with a power play goal on a slot shot with 4:40 left in the second period.

Allen managed to keep the game close with a series of solid first-half saves.

“It’s obviously a little frustrating,” Allen said. ” This has not been easy. I think we need more (effort), without a doubt. I think all the guys in the locker room would say that. We need more from everyone. “

NOTES: Allen was honored with a video tribute on the scoreboard during a time out in the first period. He drew an unusual standing ovation and waved back to the crowd. … The Canadians lost 14:33 between shots on goal in the first and second periods.

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Montrealer Joel Armia returned to the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.

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The teams met for the first time in 784 days. Montreal won in Saint-Louis on October 19, 2019. … The Canadiens swept both games that season.

FOLLOWING

Canadiens: Travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Tuesday.

Blues: Will host Anaheim on Sunday.

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