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This one had a little bit of everything, and a lot of Blues goals. There was a monster, we mean a monster hit, by Vince Dunn. There was a fight, only the second of the season for St. Louis, when Brayden Schenn took offense to getting rear-ended by Rasmus Andersson.

Jordan Binnington got his first shutout of the season, matching his NHL career high in saves (40) to get there. The newly created Robert Thomas line sizzled with nine points — Thomas may be staying at center for a while.

And oh yeah, there were five goals from the Blues in a 5-0 triumph over sagging Calgary before 18,096 at Enterprise Center. Or more precisely, crashing Calgary. The Flames are, well, going up in Flames. Thursday’s loss was their sixth in a row (0-5-1) — they have been outscored 23-5 in those contests and are now 10-12-3 for the season.

After absorbing their franchise-record third consecutive road shutout, the Flames had a players-only meeting after the game that lasted about 10 minutes.

As for the Blues, they continue to lead the Western Conference with a 14-4-5 record, and in a season in which they’ve played 13 one-goal games, enjoyed a rare romp.

“I think everyone did a great job today,” said Dunn, who capped the scoring for St. Louis midway through the third period with his fourth goal of the season. “Obviously Binner was unreal. What was it, 40 shots? Our forwards found a way to not only get some nice highlight goals but some dirty goals.

“We’ve talked about it. It’s all about competing right now. I think when we’re playing our best defense our offensive chances come.”

• BOX SCORE: Blues 5, Flames 0 

But with a 2-0 lead and the contest still somewhat in doubt — the Blues, after all, have had trouble protecting leads — Dunn delivered the hit that rocked Enterprise and Calgary forward Andrew Mangiapane.

Dunn isn’t known as the most physical player, but every now and then, he’ll deliver one to remember. Such was the case at the 9:14 mark of the second period when Dunn knocked Mangiapane off his feet and into next week. Mangiapane did not return, because of what was described as an upper-body injury.

When asked if the hit energized the team, Binnington replied: “I think it energized everybody in the whole city of St. Louis. It was big. He’s got that in his game. He has an edge to him.”

And for anyone who might think otherwise, Binnington offered a poignant reminder.

“He has a KO off the ice in the AHL, but he’s a strong kid,” Binnington said.

That was a reference to Dunn’s knockdown punch of Iowa’s Kurtis Gabriel in an arena hallway fight in 2017 while playing for the Chicago Wolves. You can Google it.

“It was a great hit,” coach Craig Berube said of Dunn’s Thursday blow. “We love it. It was a good clean hit.”

Clean hit or not, Calgary’s Zac Rinaldo took offense, skating in to give Dunn the business. Rinaldo got a roughing penalty as the third man in. And the Blues wasted little time getting their slumping power play going and making it a 3-0 game.

Just 24 seconds into the power play, David Perron rocketed a one-timer from the left circle past Flames goalie David Rittich for his 10th goal of the season. The Blues had converted only one of 14 power plays in their previous four games.

A three-goal lead midway through the second period — or anytime really — is something rarely seen from the Blues this season.

In fact, the only other times they have held three-goal leads all season were in 5-2 victories over both the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers, with empty-net goals creating the three-score cushion in both cases.

“It was the first time in a long time that we were actually scoring a couple (insurance) goals and not letting them get back into the game,” Oskar Sundqvist said.

No one found this more gratifying than Berube.

“It was great,” Berube said. “I thought our third period we went out and played a solid period for most part. Got the next goal. Got another goal, that’s what we want to see.”

Berube undoubtedly liked seeing the third line click like it did Thursday. In Thomas’ second game centering a line with wingers Sundqvist and Zach Sanford, the trio accounted for three goals and six assists. Sundqvist matched his career high with two goals — he now has six goals for the season. Thomas had three assists, and Sanford’s four-point night (one goal, three assists) was a career high.

In addition, all three players were plus-4.

“It’s early yet, it’s two games,” Berube said of that line. “So far, so good. I think they’re all working pretty good together. Good chemistry. Sanford and Sundqvist are hard workers, and they forecheck. And you got Robby Thomas, who’s a quick player, makes good plays.”

As the lead mounted, and the game wound down, Sundqvist said there was talk on the bench about getting the shutout for Binnington. He had taken four shutouts into the third period this season only to allow a goal or more.

“That’s nice of the boys,” Binnington said. “We all want the best for each other and we all want to see each other succeed. We’re a selfless team and that’s good to hear.”

After a start to the season that general manager Doug Armstrong labeled as “OK,” Binnington is rounding into all-star form. With Thursday’s shutout his goals-against average of 2.19 is fourth in the league and his save percentage of .926 ranks seventh — that’s for goalies with 10 or more appearances.

But Binnington wasn’t into self-evaluation Thursday night.

“Just another day,” he said. “We’re just working day by day, preparing for the next game.”

And that comes Saturday against another slumping team, Nashville.


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