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Blues down Preds to win 5th straight

The Associated PressST. LOUIS (AP) — Pat Maroon gave his team a spark the last time it faced Nashville when he fought Austin Watson 2 seconds into the game that snapped the Blues’ five-game losing streak to the Predators. Therefore, he didn’t hesitate to try and see history repeat itself when Cody McLeod challenged him 2 minutes into their next meeting.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 19th goal of the season after Maroon’s fight gave the Blues a lift, rookie Jordan Binnington made 28 saves and St. Louis beat Nashville 3-2 on Saturday, extending their season-best winning streak to five games.

“Always when somebody throws the gloves it’s nice,” Tarasenko said.

“But it’s a tough fight and Patty heated us up.”

Vince Dunn and Mackenzie MacEachern also scored for the Blues, who have gone 11-4-1 in their last 16 and occupy the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

“Every line is chipping in at the right time,” Maroon said. “All four lines are rolling and you can see why.

“Our defense is playing great and we’re getting timely saves at the right time and we’re scoring and we’re going to the net and doing the little things that make this team a good hockey team.”

Binnington has started all five games during the streak and improved to 9-1-1 in his NHL career.

“He’s playing great,” Blues interim coach Craig Berube said.

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