ST. LOUIS — Christian Dvorak scored his first NHL hat trick for the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-4 win against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Saturday.
Cole Caufield scored two goals and had an assist, Nick Suzuki had a goal and two assists, and Jake Allen made 26 saves for the Canadiens (5-4-0), who have won the first two of a four-game road trip.
Jordan Kyrou scored twice, and Jordan Binnington made 18 saves for the Blues (3-4-0), who have lost four in a row after opening the season with three straight wins.
Woes continued in the second period
The Canadiens scored three goals in 4:50 in the second period to overcome a 3-1 deficit.
Caufield cut it to 3-2 at 10:56 on a snapshot in front.
Juraj Slafkovsky, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, scored his second NHL goal and first on the power play at 13:05 to tie it 3-3 on a one-timer from the top of the right circle. He had missed the past three games with an upper-body injury.
Caufield’s power-play goal at 15:46 gave Montreal its first lead at 4-3 after a seam pass by Suzuki.
Noel Acciari’s first goal with St. Louis gave the Blues a 2-1 lead at 5:10 on a rebound of a Tyler Pitlick shot, and Kyrou’s power-play goal at 9:38, a shot from the left circle, gave the Blues a 3-1 lead.
Things go from bad to worse for the Blues in the third period
Dvorak scored twice in 40 seconds of the third, knocking in a puck at the side of the net after a Blues turnover at 41 seconds to make it 5-3, then increasing the lead to 6-3 at 1:21 when he tipped in a Josh Anderson wrist shot from the blue line.
Vladimir Tarasenko cut it to 6-4 at 2:47 after a Montreal turnover but Dvorak completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal at 18:25 for the 7-4 final.
Kyrou gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 7:47 of the first period when Brayden Schenn’s shot from just inside the left circle caromed off his skate and trickled through Allen’s pads.
Suzuki tied it 1-1 at 15:08 after St. Louis defenseman Nick Leddy turned the puck over in the zone, and the Canadiens were able to get a left point shot from Jordan Harris that Suzuki tipped in the slot.
Tarasenko was questioned in the locker room after the game about how the game went out of control for the Blues.
“It’s unacceptable to play like this,” said Tarasenko. “We’ll have to play better at home.”
In the postgame media scrum, coach Craig Berube received a question in relation to Tarasenko’s remarks.
Berube appeared to be in agreement with the sentiments of the star.
“We had the game in complete control, we let it slip away for sure,” said Berube. “Mistakes…how do you fix it? Practice should fix it.”
When asked about issues with the veterans, Berube said, “It all starts with them. It starts with the leaders, for sure. They’ve got to play better, and do a better job. We all do. We all have to do better.”
Jake Leonard contributed to this report with postgame conference and player remarks.