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Schwartz scores twice to lead Blues to 8th straight win

The Blues now have an eight-point lead in the Western Conference
Credit: AP
St. Louis Blues winger Jaden Schwartz (17) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) and St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Dilip Vishwanat)

ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 for their season-best eighth straight victory.

Ryan O'Reilly and Robert Thomas also scored for St. Louis. The defending champion Blues improved to 26-8-6, outscoring opponents 32-16 during the winning streak.

They had a seven-game streak Oct. 27-Nov. 9. Nicholas Shore scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for Winnipeg. The Jets have lost five of six to fall to 21-15-3.

The winning streak has given the team some space in the Western Conference, moving eight points ahead of the second-place Colorado Avalanche. The Blues beat the Avs as a part of their current winning streak in the only matchup between the teams so far this season.

The only team in the NHL with a better record is Washington. The Capitals have 59 points to the Blues 58 points. Both teams have played 40 games.

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