By Jeff O'Brien

Lindgren made his first start since March 7, 2020. He is fourth on the Blues’ depth chart. The 27-year-old saw his first NHL action in almost two calendar years on Tuesday against Florida and made three saves in 6:25 of relief duty.

ST LOUIS, MO – NOVEMBER 30: Jordan Kyrou #25 and Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate with teammates after a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in shootouts at Enterprise Center on November 30, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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“It’s pro hockey for you. I mean, you’re in Springfield one day and you’re up in Florida the next,” Lindgren said. “That’s just how it is. It’s our job to always be ready and it’s been a heck of a year down in Springfield so far. I felt like that really helps me to bring some momentum up here and definitely gain some confidence from that and just want to keep on going because it’s a really fun team to be a part of.”

Colton Parayko, Ivan Barbashev, and Marco Scandella also scored for St. Louis.

Robby Fabbri had both Detroit goals against his former club.

“A win would have felt a lot better in this building against that team,” he said.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 07: Robby Fabbri #14 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his first period goal with teammates while playing the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena on November 07, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Walker scored twice in the first period, almost matching his career total coming into the game. He added his third goal in the final period.

“It was incredible. I guess that was it,” Walker said. “To get three I think is pretty special, but I’m just glad we could get the two points.”

Walker scored at the 6:17 mark for a 1-0 lead. Brayden Schenn won a puck along the boards and Walker picked it up. His wrist shot from the top of the right circle went through the pads of goalie Alex Nedeljkovic.

Walker’s second goal came at 16:47. Niko Mikkola skated with the puck into the zone and dropped it back to Walker. Skating into the left circle, his wrist shot beat Nedeljkovic on his glove side.

Each team scored once in the second period.

The Red Wings cut the lead to 2-1 when Fabbri scored from the right circle at 4:17. St. Louis got it back when Parayko tapped in a loose puck behind Nedlejkovic, who couldn’t corral a shot by Mikkola, at 16:01.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 07: Thomas Greiss #29 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena on November 07, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Detroit switched to Thomas Greiss in net for the third period. Nedlejkovic stopped 16 of 18 shots.

“Last time we played St. Louis he stole the game,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “So to me, it’s a night where their pucks just went in and it wasn’t necessarily anyone’s fault. We had some breakdowns, don’t get me wrong.”

Two goals in 38 seconds in the final period put the game out of reach. First, Walker deflected a shot by Torey Krug at 9:27 for his hat trick. St. Louis made it 5-1 on a goal by Barbashev at 10:11. Barbashev has had six goals in his last seven games.

Detroit got its final goal when Fabbri scored at 15:27.

Scandella added an empty-netter to complete the scoring.

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“I felt like we lost our game in the third,” Blashill said. “We had a couple of big breakdowns in our end. But it wasn’t a game where I was disappointed with the effort.”

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – MAY 20: Jeff Blashill, head coach of the United States looks on during the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Bronze Medal Game game between the United States and Canada at Royal Arena on May 20, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

HOME SWEET HOME

The Blues have won six straight at home. It’s their longest such streak since taking nine in a row from Dec. 12, 2019, through Jan. 13, 2020. “We’ve got to keep it going,” Berube said. “We’re over with this game. Tomorrow it’s back to work. That’s it. Get ready for Montreal.”

ROSTER MOVES

Red Wings: Recalled D Brian Lashoff from the Grand Rapids Griffins. … Placed D Gustav Lindstrom on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 4.

Blues: Signed goaltender Jon Gillies to a one-year, two-way contract. Gillies, 27, has appeared in four AHL games overall this season, three with Providence and one with Lehigh Valley. The 6-foot-6, 223-pound New Hampshire native has made 12 career NHL appearances, going 4-5-1 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi and D Marc Staal remain out due to COVID-19 protocols.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 29: Tyler Bertuzzi #59 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena on October 29, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Blues: G Jordan Binnington, D Justin Faulk, and C Tyler Bozak are on the COVID-19 protocol list. They are the seventh, eighth, and ninth players on the team to miss games this season for St. Louis under the NHL’s protocols. Bozak is due to come off the list Friday and could play Saturday. Binnington and Faulk come off on Sunday.

INJURIES

Red Wings D Gustav Lindstrom (lower-body injury) did not make the trip.

The Blues were without G Ville Husso (lower-body injury), D Jake Walman (upper-body injury), LW David Perron (upper-body injury), C Robert Thomas (lower-body injury), James Neal (upper-body injury), and Klim Kostin (upper-body injury). Perron took part in the morning skate.

UP NEXT

The Red Wings play at Colorado on Friday.

The Blues host Montreal on Saturday.

 

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