Blues’ duo tops Habs in NHL Player Gaming Challenge

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The St. Louis Blues’ duo of defenseman Colton Parayko and center Robert Thomas dispatched the Montreal Canadiens’ pair of defenseman Victor Mete and center Nick Suzuki 2-1 in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge on Saturday. Parayko and Thomas won the first game 3-1 and the second 4-3, before the Canadiens got on the board with a 10-6 victory in 3-on-3 play to end the day. The online video-game event has been streaming action on Thursdays and Saturdays. All 31 NHL teams have representation, and Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson represented the pending NHL Seattle expansion team. No standings are being compiled, as the games are designed strictly for entertainment with the NHL season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. In connection with the event, the National Hockey League Foundation and Electronic Arts are donating $100,000 to the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Parayko and Thomas opened up a 2-0 lead in the first game Saturday, then took a 3-1 lead early in the second period with virtual David Perron’s second tally. They held the Montreal duo scoreless the rest of the way to clinch the first win. The second game featured a flurry early, with three goals in …

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