St. Louis Blues’ Ivan Barbashev goes off for hat trick against Detroit Red Wings in 5-2 win
By JOE HARRIS
ST. LOUIS — Ivan Barbashev’s parents and younger brother traveled from Russia to watch him play for the Blues on Thursday night. The 23-year-old center made the long trip worth it — and in a big way.
Barbashev recorded his first career NHL hat trick to lead St. Louis to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Oskar Sundqvist and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues, who have points in their last four games. Rookie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves, improving to 19-4-1.
Thomas Vanek scored twice and Jonathan Bernier made 19 saves for the Red Wings, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
Barbashev gave the Blues a 2-1 lead, poking home a loose puck amid a scramble in front of the Red Wings’ net, at the 3:22 mark of the second period.
Barbashev made it 3-1 less than two minutes later, starting the play with a hit on the Red Wings’ Michael Rasmussen that jarred the puck to Alexander Steen. The Blues forward gave it right back to Barbashev, who punched in a rebound off of his initial shot.
Vanek’s 15th of the season got Detroit back to within one, but Maroon’s goal midway through the third period gave St. Louis a two-goal lead again. Maroon has scored in four straight games.
Barbashev completed the hat trick with an empty-netter.
Vanek gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at the 2:05 mark of the first, banging in his own rebound off of Binnington’s pad. It was his first goal in five games.
“He competed extremely hard tonight,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Vanek. “He was one of our best forwards, him and Taro (Hirose) probably. He comes. He competes hard every night.”