(FOX SPORTS) – Robby Fabbri scored two goals, Jordan Binnington stopped 28 shots and the St. Louis Blues jumped on the Vegas Golden Knights early and beat them 5-2 on Saturday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko had two assists and Jaden Schwartz had a goal for the Blues, who are 2-1 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since winning the Western Conference title in 2015.
The Kings beat Colorado 4-3 in overtime Saturday.
Mikkel Boedker and Nate Schmidt scored for the Knights, who played their first game since their coach Gerard Gallant was fired on Friday and suspended by the NHL the next day for on-ice indiscretions.
In addition to his 4-on-4 goal, Boedker also took an interference penalty that led to a 3-on-2. Six seconds later, Schwartz’s wrist shot from the right circle beat Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 30 shots.
The Golden Knights said Gallant was suspended for inciting his players by missing Game 1 of the first-round series and “contributing to a divisive environment within the organization, and for his actions directly led to the highly-critical public comments from the Vegas Gazette, USA Today and Las Vegas Weekly on Saturday, April 6, 2019.”
Gallant was also fined $25,000 by the NHL.
The Blues looked as if they were going to take control early when Brayden Schenn sent the puck to Brayden Schenn in the middle of the ice and he passed it to Fabbri for a goal on a give-and-go 3:18 into the game.
The Blues scored again during the following power play to give them a 3-0 lead 1:56 into the second period on a shot by Schwartz that Fleury stopped with his glove, but goalie interference was called on Brayden McNabb, and Schwartz followed that up with a short-handed goal that Fleury couldn’t get to.
Tarasenko’s wraparound was stopped by Fleury, but Fabbri scored again midway through the second period when he got a pass from Tarasenko in the slot and beat Fleury’s glove hand with a wrist shot.