Blues edge Stars in thrilling overtime

After a thrilling shootout victory Saturday night, the St. Louis Blues hosted the Dallas Stars in their second match-up of a five-game homestand.

 

David Perron entered the game with a seven-game point streak—the longest streak in the NHL (currently).

 

Jori Lehtera fed Robby Fabbri the puck before entering the offensive zone. Fabbri executed a give-and-go with Robert Bortuzzo before burying his fifth goal of the season. The Blues led the Stars 1-0 with 6:24 remaining in the first period.

 

Early in the second, Alex Pietrangelo pounced on a loose puck and knocked-in his fifth of the season. The Blues started the period with a two-goal lead.

 

Jamie Oleksiak of the Stars made a nifty move at center-ice before sliding the puck around Alex Pietrangelo. He then beat Allen to cut the Blues’ lead to 2-1. Jamie Benn assisted Oleksiak’s highlight-reel goal.

 

After two periods, the Blues outshot the Stars 21-to-10.

 

Just 1:47 into the third period, Jamie Benn knotted the game with a power play goal.

 

Jaden Schwartz found David Perron floating into the zone. Perron settled the pass, then ripped it past Antti Niemi to give the Blues their lead back with under seven minutes left. Perron’s seventh of the season extended his point streak to eight games.

 

The Stars pulled their goalie late in the third. Jamie Oleksiak’s shot deflected off Paul Stastny and bounced past Allen with 0:50 left in regulation. His second of the night forced another overtime in St. Louis.

 

“Those are the bounces we’re getting right now, but—again—just like last game, we’re getting two points,” said Pietrangelo. “We’ll take those and move on.”

 

Kevin Shattenkirk set-up Vladimir Tarasenko, who punched in the game-winning goal. Tarasenko’s 10th of the season lifted the Blues past the Stars in a 4-3 victory.

 

Allen kept the Blues alive in overtime with some jaw-dropping stops.

 

“We find a way to regroup pretty quickly,” explained Perron. “And we’ve got a guy back there that’s not going to ever give up on us.”

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning will battle the Blues at the Scottrade Center this Thursday, 7:00 p.m.


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