Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Berglund Hat Trick Lifts Blues to Fourth Straight Win, 4-2 over Canadiens

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Berglund Hat Trick Lifts Blues to Fourth Straight Win, 4-2 over Canadiens

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Berglund hat trick lifts Blues over Habs 4-2

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MONTREAL - Patrik Berglund finally got his first NHL hat trick and it gave the St. Louis Blues a fourth straight win on the road.

The red-hot Berglund's first three-goal game in 611 career NHL contests lifted the Blues to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Swedish centre had only one goal in his first 30 games this season, but now has 16 in his last 25 outings, including six in his last five games.

"It feels really good," said Berglund. "I've been waiting a long time for it but going back home to St. Louis with four tough road wins is an even better feeling.

"I've been around the net more and I've been a little lucky too. Pucks have been going in. I'm not missing the net."

David Perron also scored for the Blues (29-22-5), who have won five of their last six while riding the bump of a coaching change that saw Mike Yeo take over from Ken Hitchcock behind the bench on Feb. 1.

Shea Weber and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens (31-18-8), who are 1-4-1 in their last six.

Montreal controlled most of the play and outshot St. Louis 30-22 but lacked finish around the net.

"Moral victories don't get you points in the standings," said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. "I'm disappointed in the result.

"Our players deserved better. I liked our effort. The (Phillip) Danault line (with Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov) played well, but we need more contributions from the rest of our forwards."

The Blues have won four road games in six nights, but will get a couple of days at home before playing a fifth straight away contest Wednesday in Detroit.

The Blues went ahead 3:49 into the game when Jeff Petry lost his stick and Alex Pietrangelo had an open shot that Berglund got a piece of as it went past Al Montoya, who lost balance and fell in his crease just before the shot was taken. …

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