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St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly (90) breaks away with the puck as Minnesota Wild right wing Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) give chase during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

The Blues tied the club record with their 10th straight win, beating Minnesota 4-0 on Sunday in St. Paul, Minn.

The Blues also won 10 games in a row in January of 2002 and will go for a franchise record 11th straight win on Tuesday against Toronto at Enterprise Center.

"It's all good stuff," coach Craig Berube said. "The players are doing a great job. They're going out and executing every night and playing hard and doing the right things."

"I think the team's really caught their stride," goalie Jordan Binnington said. "We're playing well every game, having great starts and setting the tone. Hopefully we continue our success. It's definitely fun.

"We're playing disciplined and selfless and it's really helping. We're having a great time playing with each other and for each other."

The Blues completed a three-game trip against three of their pursuers in the Western Conference playoff race and they won them all by shutout, tightening their grip on a playoff spot that once upon a time seemed out of reach. And now, second place in the Central isn't that far away. The Blues are six points in back of Nashville and have played three less games; they are eight points clear of Vancouver, the first team out of the playoff picture in the West.

The 10 wins in a row matches the longest streak in the NHL this season, done by Buffalo, and is the team's eighth consecutive win on the road, which also matches the longest streak in the league.

Binnington stopped 31 shots, including 17 in the third period, as he posted his fourth shutout since had made his first start on Jan. 7. He also set a Blues rookie record with his eighth straight win. He had to make some tough saves in the third as the Wild had three power plays.

"Both goalies have done a great job during this streak and he was huge again tonight," Berube said. "He made some big saves at the right time for us, as did Jake Allen the other night against Colorado."

The Blues have recorded at least three consecutive shutouts four times, including a four-game stretch from March 19-26, 2016 with Brian Elliott posting three and Jake Allen the fourth. The other times, all of three games: April 7-11, 2013 (Elliott), March 22-27, 2012 (Elliott) and Dec. 1-6, 1988 (Greg Millen).

The Blues are second team in NHL history with a win streak of at least 10 games after ranking last in the standings with a minimum of 10 games played. The 2015-16 Ducks won 11 straight.

Vladimir Tarasenko extended his point streak to 12 games with a first-period goal and he added two assists. Ryan O'Reilly also scored in the first as the Blues quickly took control with two power play goals.

"That was huge," Berube said. "I didn't think our first period was overall great, we were a little bit sloppy with the puck. The power play contributed two goals, that was a big lift for us."

"I think we're making adjustments and just getting bounces," O'Reilly said. "We've been working at it. You can go out and get momentum and it's getting our game going. It gave us a spark. I thought they outplayed us in that first bit, getting that goal gave us confidence. It gave us the feel of the game back. It's what you need from the power play. You need spark and momentum.

In the second period, the Blues got a goal by Vince Dunn, who finished off a three-on-one break with his eighth goal of the season as the Blues defensemen continued their offensive attack and Brayden Schenn got a goal when he put the puck on goal and sliding Minnesota defenseman Nick Seeler carried the puck into the goal. 

Tarasenko's goal was his eighth in six games and his 26th of the season. It came 19 seconds into a power play after Oskar Sundqvist was caught with a high stick. O'Reilly dug out a puck in a battle along the boards, stepped out in the open and fed Tarasenko, who was by himself.

"He's our scorer, we all know that," Berube said. "He scores goals, but he's not just scoring goals. If you watch closely he's working hard and doing good things and that's contributing to scoring too. He's doing a good job."

O'Reilly also scored, with 29.9 seconds to go in the period. Both goals came on the power play; the last time the Blues had two power-play goals in the same game was Nov. 28 against Detroit in what was Berube's fourth game as coach.

O'Reilly got his goal after Marcus Foligno was sent off for hooking. Minnesota couldn't clear the puck and this time Tarasenko returned the favor, setting up O'Reilly for his 22nd goal of the season (to go along with 38 assists.) It was the 24th assist of the season for Tarasenko and his 400th career point. It's the fifth straight game in which he's had more than one point.

"That was a great play from him there," O'Reilly said. "His shot's so dangerous some guys over commit and it opens up plays. He made a great pass across and I was just trying to get it to the net. He's playing good hockey right now."

Tom Timmermann is a Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.