Kyrou and Blais Continue to Improve Blues’ 2022-23 Season

COLUMBUS, OHIO - MARCH 11: Jordan Kyrou #25 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates a goal with Torey Krug #47 of the St. Louis Blues during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on March 11, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OHIO - MARCH 11: Jordan Kyrou #25 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates a goal with Torey Krug #47 of the St. Louis Blues during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on March 11, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Blues winger Jordan Kyrou’s hat trick against the Columbus Blue Jackets  showed that they still have some elite players giving it their all. Kyrou is one such player, as is recent trade acquisition Sammy Blais.

Blais also had a goal and 2 assists alongside Kyrou to grab 3rd star honors while Kyrou had the obvious 1st star honor. With that win, the Blues strung together two straight wins for the first time since winning their first three games after the All-Star break.

The day after the three-game win streak, St. Louis traded captain Ryan O’Reilly to Toronto. St. Louis lost eight of their next nine games.

Kyrou’s Columbus hat trick was his 2nd of the 2022-23 season after his first against Vancouver last December. The Blues’ new-look third line, consisting of Brandon Saad (one, goal, one assist), Brayden Schenn (two assists), and Blais combined for seven points on the night.

The Blues have feasted on the NHL’s worst teams in recent days, as the Blue Jackets are the worst team in the league in both points and points percentage. On the other hand, the Sharks, who the Blues beat 4-2 in the previous game, own the second-worst points percentage in the league. Netminder Thomas Greiss made 37 saves against the Blue Jackets, and he’s won both of his starts in March so far.

All of Kyrou’s goals came in different ways: his first was on the rush with Robert Thomas, his second after a Columbus turnover, and his third on an empty net. Despite being on the road in Columbus, a big ol’ batch of hats landed on the Nationwide Arena ice and Blues fans also sang “Country Roads” a cappella in the third period.

Additionally, since his return to St. Louis in the Vladimir Tarasenko trade, Blais has seven points in 14 games and his four goals are tied for third-most among Blues. It’s safe to say that he and Kyrou are the two brightest stars for the Blues in this latest stretch of games.

See also: More details and analysis about the Blues’ hat trick vs Columbus

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