ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brayden Point had two goals and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Nick Perbix and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who have won seven of their last nine and improved to 26-2-1 with at least three goals. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had conceded three or more goals in four straight games, had 23 saves.
The inaugural class of the St. Louis Blues Hall of Fame was honored with a ceremonial puck toss before the game.
Tyler Pitlick and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington, who ranks fourth in franchise history with two wins behind Grant Fuhr, had 26 saves.
Pitlick scored a breakaway for St. Louis 1-0 at 2:39 of the first period. Pitlick quickly took a pass from Alexey Toropchenko and whipped Vasilevskiy through the five holes with a wrist shot.
Point scored the next two goals to lead 2-1. Point slotted the puck once after being fed by Perbix with 7:38 in the first and added a power play goal on a backdoor tap-in with 3:17 remaining. It gave him 25 goals this season.
The Blitz scored twice in the second half while St. Louis had one.
A slap shot by Perbix from the right point gave Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead with 7:16 to go.
St. Louis drew within a goal again when Buchnevich scored with 6:05 left, but Killorn restored the two-goal lead with a backdoor tap-in 1:38 left.
BLUES HALL OF FAME CLASS
In addition to the puck drop, the inaugural Hall of Fame class was also honored with a Friday night dinner. First class members of the Blues Hall of Fame are Red Berenson, Scotty Bowman, Bernie Federko, Bob Gassoff, Glenn Hall, Brett Hull, Dan Kelly, Al MacInnis, Bob Plager, Barclay Plager, Chris Pronger, Sid Salomon, Jr. and Sid Solomon III, Brian Sutter and Garry Unger.
Blues D Nick Leddy returned to the lineup on Saturday. Leddy last played against New Jersey on Jan. 5 and had missed four games with an upper-body injury. Leddy has kept 39 games without goals and 11 assists this season. … With the return of Leddy, the Blues reassigned D. Dmitri Samorukov to Springfield from the AHL. Samorukov, 23, was acquired by the Blues in an Oct. 9 trade from Edmonton.
Blitz: LW Rudolfs Balcers (torso).
Blues: RW Vladimir Tarasenko (right hand), C. Logan Brown (upper body), D. Marco Scandella (hip), C. Ryan O’Reilly (foot), D. Torey Krug (lower body), D. Scott Perunovich (shoulder ), D Robert Bortuzzo (lower body).
Lightning: On Monday in Seattle.
Blues: host Ottawa on Monday.
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