ST. LOUIS — Justin Faulk struck twice in 96 seconds in the second half and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to their fifth straight win with a 6-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Nick Leddy, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev and Robert Thomas also had goals for St. Louis.
Grant Hutton scored his first NHL goal for the Islanders, who had won five of their previous six.
Binnington, who lost first place to Ville Husso, recorded his first win since February 27, improving to 14-13-4.
The Blues took the lead with goals from Leddy and Tarasenko in the first half. They have scored at least a point in each of their last eight games (7-0-1) and have scored at least four goals in every game this series.
Acquired by Detroit on March 21, Leddy fired a wrist shot from the high slot at 2:21 p.m. to start the attack. It was his second goal with his new team. He has played with the Islanders for the past seven seasons.
Tarasenko pounced on a rebound from Colton Parayko’s shot just under three minutes later for his best 26th goal.
Faulk, a defender, shot past Semyon Varlamov with muscular shots in a row early in the second period to lead 4-0.
Thomas, who also added two assists, extended his best-ever scoring streak to nine games with his 18th goal of the season late in the second half. He has six goals and eleven assists during the series.
The Islanders, who were on a five-game road trip, won 2-1 at Carolina on Friday.
The Blues moved past Minnesota to finish second in the Central Division, two points clear of the Wild. Minnesota has played two fewer games.
Islanders C Casey Cizikas was serving a one-game NHL suspension for hitting Brendan Smith high in the third period of Friday’s game in Carolina.
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