Besieged by injuries once again, the St. Louis Blues broke out offensively on Tuesday night in their return to their home ice.
“We have to use the players we have,” Berglund told reporters, “and it’s still every night is two points we have to fight for and today we played a really good team game and we came out on top.”
The Blues (25-14-7, 57 points) have now won two straight games after a rough stretch of five consecutive losses, including four straight in either overtime or shootouts.
The five goals were the most the team had scored since their 6-5 comeback win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 4 and the second most they’ve scored this season.
They were also able to bounce back after Berglund scored first and then falling behind when the Devils (21-18-5, 47 points) scored the final two goals of the opening period, from Bobby Farnham and Lee Stempniak.
Scottie Upshall scored his fifth of the season 4:33 into the second period to tie the score, 2-2, and the Berglund netted his second power-play goal of the night late in the period to push the Blues ahead.
Rattie redirected a Kevin Shattenkirk shot for his first career goal 2:21 into the third period, giving the Blues a 4-2 advantage. The young forward had to wait for the goal to be reviewed, but it turned out in his favor.
“It’s an undescribable feeling,” he told reporters. “Maybe not the way I wrote it up, but I’ll take them.”
David Backes added an empty netter late to make it 5-2.
The Blues are back in action against the Carolina Hurricanes (19-18-7, 45 points) on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.