ST. LOUIS (AP) — Oskar Sundqvist was concerned about more than just hockey after he sustained serious facial injuries on an illegal hit by Tom Wilson in a preseason game against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 30.Sundqvist made a statement in his third game since getting back in the lineup by scoring two rare goals to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3 on Thursday night.The 24-year-old center from Sweden didn’t think he would return to action this soon.“I’m happy to be able to be back and mostly happy that my head is completely fine Nate Schmidt Jersey ,” Sundqvist said.Vladimir Tarasenko, Tyler Bozak and Colton Parayko also scored for the Blues. Jake Allen stopped 31 shots for his first win against Vegas after going 0-0-2 last season.“We’re just connected more as a group,” Allen said after the Blues won consecutive games for the first time this season. “Before we had spurts, but spurts aren’t good enough in this league.”Sundqvist’s second goal of the game — and the season — put the Blues ahead to stay 6:29 into the second period on a pass from Robert Thomas. Sundqvist entered with just two goals in 72 NHL games.Blues coach Mike Yeo wasn’t surprised by his performance.“We’ve seen that upside,” Yeo said. “I don’t know that we’re going to expect him to score two goals every single game he plays this year. He’s moving better. He’s playing with more confidence.”Parayko added some insurance when he rifled a one-timer from Ryan O’Reilly past Marc-Andre Fleury for his third of the season 14:51 into the second to make it 4-2.Fleury allowed five goals, matching a season high, on 26 shots and fell to 5-5-1. He also gave up five goals on Oct. 4 versus Philadelphia.“Usually when you give up five goals you say your goaltending wasn’t good,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “Well that wasn’t the case at all. They could have had 10 goals.”Vegas cut its deficit to 4-3 when Alex Tuch scored his third of the season on a power play from point-blank range 8:02 into the third. Bozak responded with his third goal 3:45 later.“I thought on our end we got a little lackadaisical,” Tuch said. “We gave them too many opportunities, too many chances, and that’s what happens.”Tarasenko got his team-leading sixth goal when he used his backhand to push Bozak’s deflected shot into the wide-open near side of the net to give St. Louis a 2-1 edge 3:11 into the second.Erik Haula tied it only 23 seconds later with his second of the season as his shot from the point trickled through Allen’s pads.Pierre-Edouard Bellemare made it 1-all at 6:29 when he beat Allen from in front after the Blues failed to clear the puck from behind the net.Sundqvist scored his first goal 2:02 into the first period. He found a loose puck in front of Fleury and turned on one knee to slide it into an open net. Thomas also assisted on that goal and ended up with his first career multipoint game.NOTES: Blues LW Robby Fabbri skated in his first regular-season game since Feb. 4 http://www.goldenknightsshoponline.c...r-dansk-jersey , 2017, versus Toronto, which was Yeo’s first game as St. Louis coach. Fabbri missed 123 games after tearing the ACL in his left knee twice. … St. Louis has allowed at least three goals in 10 of 11 games this season. … O’Reilly extended his point streak to six games (three goals, eight assists). … Vegas is 1-7-0 when trailing after two periods. … Vegas LW Jonathan Marchessault has a point in three consecutive games.UP NEXTGolden Knights: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.Blues: Host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members , promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs.”This is going to be a big night for the Folignos,” he tapped out on his smartphone.Make it a big week, actually.For the first time in the seven years they’ve been in the league together, both Foligno brothers are skating in the postseason. Marcus Foligno is getting his first taste, with the Minnesota Wild. Nick Foligno has returned for a third appearance with the Columbus Blue Jackets and his sixth overall.Their even-more-famous father, Mike Foligno Authentic Oscar Lindberg Jersey , is having a blast as the unpaid consultant, proud pop and unabashed fan.”He’s got no voice. He was yelling at the TV last night,” Marcus said Monday, the day after he scored for the Wild in their win over Winnipeg in Game 3. ”With him playing, I think he still gets that energy, gets that adrenaline pumping, when he sees us play.”Mike scored 247 times over 15 seasons in the NHL, making his mark during a full decade with Buffalo when he celebrated goals with a signature two-legged leap straight up in the air from the ice . Marcus started his career there, too, in 2011 before the Sabres traded him to Minnesota last summer . Nick debuted in 2007 with the Ottawa Senators until being dealt to Columbus in 2012.”We’re trying to do something special here as a family,” Nick said after the Blue Jackets beat Washington in Game 2 http://www.goldenknightsshoponline.c...y-smith-jersey , ”and it’s been pretty cool.”They’re dearly missing a critical member of the clan.Janis Foligno, the mother to Nick and Marcus and their two sisters , died in 2009 of breast cancer. The boys have kept her memory alive through their performance on the ice and their philanthropy off it, with a foundation in her name created to fight the disease and support cancer victims. Nick and his wife also donated $1 million to children’s hospitals in Columbus and Boston, where their now-4-year-old daughter had a congenital heart defect repaired.So they play on for a greater purpose, with Mike keeping a keen eye on the boys.”There are always things to do better. He sees it. He watches the game. He scouted for a long time, and he coached for a long time in the league,” Marcus said. ”He just knows how we’re capable of playing, and that’s the biggest thing. He wants us to be the best players out there and be the best role players for our team.”Nick has long had the more prominent role, as a first-round draft pick and now the captain of the Blue Jackets whose profile in the community includes pizza commercials and charitable endeavors. His 33 points was his lowest total in five seasons, and he missed time with a lower-body injury William Karlsson Jersey , but the 30-year-old’s versatility to play center or either wing spot on any of the first three lines has been ever valuable to coach John Tortorella.Marcus has been more of a niche player. He had a career-high 13 goals and a career-most 80 games for the Sabres last season, but after arriving in Minnesota in a trade last summer his adjustment at age 26 to a deeper team and a lesser role took several months. It included some healthy scratches.”We all want to score 30 goals and be impactful,” coach Bruce Boudreau said, ”but he’s got a four-year deal so in time he’ll get into that situation.”The Wild trail the Jets 3-1 entering Game 5 on Friday, but their trouble has mostly been an unproductive series by some of their skilled forwards playing more minutes. Playing on the fourth line with Daniel Winnik and Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus has found a groove down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs.”Whether it’s 10 or 12 minutes, he gets out there, he plays really hard, and he’s been very effective,” Boudreau said.Which brings us back to that Sunday prediction of a big night for the Foligno boys.Marcus became a major figure in Game 3 for the Wild with a goal and his collision at the boards with Jets defenseman Tyler Myers that knocked his former Sabres teammate out of the game with a lower-body injury.Nick and the Blue Jackets, who lead their series 2-1 entering Game 4 on Thursday Authentic Blake Wheeler Jersey , won in overtime about an hour later. Nick was sorry to have missed the goal by Marcus, but he was elated to hear his proclamation came true.The brothers communicate almost daily, providing tips for each other along with standard pick-me-ups and sibling ribbing. After Nick took a puck to the face in Game 1, Marcus teased him by reminding him that goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was the one paid to get in the way of the pucks.”You don’t realize how special it is, but I raced back after dinner to watch your brother play in the playoffs,” Nick said. ”It’s a pretty cool feeling.”—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington and AP Sports Writer Mitch Stacy in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.—