Game Report: Blues 3, Rangers 1

The popular line of thinking coming into this season was that the early part of the schedule would be a challenge for the Blues because of all the key players missing from the lineup because of injuries.

That has not turned out to be the case thus far.

The Blues moved to 4-0 with the win over the Rangers Tuesday night in New York, winning both ends of their back-to-back games against the Islanders and Rangers.

It’s the second time in franchise history the Blues have won their first four games, having also done it in 2013-14. They have never won the first five games.

The winning streak has come without Alexander Steen, Patrik Berglund and Jay Bouwmeester, all recovering from injuries.

The Blues got off to a very quick start Tuesday night, scoring just 15 seconds into the game on Carl Gunnarsson’s second goal of the year, another goal for the team’s defense. Jaden Schwartz earned the lone assist on the play.

A hooking penalty on Schwartz gave the Rangers an early power play, and they got the tying goal from Mike Zibanejad at 2:22.

The Blues broke the tie at 13:30 of the period on a power-play goal from Brayden Schenn off a rebound of a shot by Paul Stastny.

Backup goalie Carter Hutton made the one-goal lead stand up until Schwartz scored into an empty not in the closing two minutes of the game.

Hutton, making his first start of the season, recorded 32 saves.

Worth noting: The Blues have only trailed for a combined 1 minute, 54 seconds this season, in the first period of the season-opener in Pittsburgh … The win improved the Blues’ record to 9-2-1 in their last 12 games against the Rangers in Madison Square Garden … The Blues have scored seven goals in the first period of their four games … Gunnarsson has scored two goals in a three-game span after scoring twice in his previous 123 games dating back to the 2015-16 season … Dmitrij Jaskin was benched after missing a team meeting on Tuesday morning … The Blues announced that they have signed a five-year agreement with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

Looking ahead: The four-game road trip continues on Thursday night with a game against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.