New Jersey Devils' Jack Hughes (86) celebrates with teammates after...

New Jersey Devils' Jack Hughes (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II

NEWARK, N.J. — Ivan Barbashev tied the game late in the second period and set up Brandon Saad's go-ahead goal early in the third to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Robert Thomas scored twice, Jordan Kyrou once and Jordan Binnington made 36 saves as the Blues improved to 7-2-3 in their last 12 games. St. Louis managed just 19 shots.

Thomas iced the game with an empty-net goal with 43 seconds to play.

Jack Hughes, who has six goals in his last four games, scored twice for New Jersey and Nico Hishier scored on a two-man advantage with 7:51 left to play to make the end exciting.

Akira Schmid, who was recalled from Utica earlier in the day because of an hand injury sustained by Mackenzie Blackwood, made 14 saves in getting the start. Vitek Vanecek had played a night earlier in Detroit.

Saad broke a 2-all tie 2:27 into the third period with a shot in close, his third goal in past two games and 11th of the season.

Thomas stretched the lead to 4-2 midway through the period with a power-play goal from a difficult angle.

St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou (25), Robert Thomas (18), and...

St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou (25), Robert Thomas (18), and Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrate with teammates after Kyrou scored a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II

The Blues gave New Jersey a chance to get back into the game when Tyler Pitlick and Justin Faulk took penalties 15 second apart. Hischier stretched his goal scoring streak to a career-high five games with a deflection of a Dougie Hamilton shot, but New Jersey could not tie it despite a couple of good chances.

The teams were tied 2-all after two periods, with Hughes scoring twice in the second period and with the Blues getting goals from Kyrou in the first and Barbashev late in the middle stanza.

PALAT BACK

Ondrej Palat returned tp the Devils lineup for the first time since playing in a game against Washington on Oct. 24. He had groin surgery on Nov. 1.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Akira Schmid watches play during the...

New Jersey Devils goaltender Akira Schmid watches play during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II

Palat was signed to a five-year, $30 million contract by New Jersey this summer. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2011 and entered the league in 2014. He won Stanley Cups with the Lightning in 2020 and '21.

UP NEXT:

Blues: At Montreal in third contest of a four-game trip.

Devils: Play host to Rangers on Saturday.

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