Blues 4, Jets 3 (SO)
The Sports Xchange
By Rob Rains, The Sports Xchange
Blues 4, Jets 3 (SO)
ST. LOUIS -- Right wings T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and lift the Blues into first place in the Central Division at the Olympic break.
Goalie Brian Elliott stopped shots by center Bryan Little and left wing Andrew Ladd in the shootout for the Blues.
It was the fourth consecutive Blues game decided either in overtime or a shootout.
The win gave the Blues 84 points, the same total as the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Blues (39-12-6) have more wins and have played three fewer games than Chicago.
A power-play goal by Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien tied the game at 3-3 at 13:43 of the third period. His shot from just inside the blue line trickled past Elliott.
Left wing Jaden Schwartz's 19th goal of the year, 34 seconds into the third period, had given the Blues a 3-2 lead, but the Jets capitalized on the minor hooking penalty to Blues left wing Alexander Steen to score the tying goal just 25 seconds into the power play.
After taking a 2-1 lead in the first period, the Blues missed an opportunity to increase the lead during a five-minute power play in the second period; they consistently shot the puck wide of the net. They had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:01 of that stretch but still could not score, extending their power-play drought to 0-for-18 over their last four games. They managed just 13 shots on goal through the first two periods.
Just 22 seconds after the final Winnipeg penalty expired, Jets center Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the game to tie it at 2-2 at 10:22.
The Blues got a goal and an assist each from left wing Brenden Morrow and center Derek Roy in the first period. Roy had not scored in his previous 24 games, dating back to Dec. 12, before his goal at 17:38 broke a 1-1 tie.
Scheifele's first goal came just as a Blues penalty for having too many men on the ice expired. He converted a pass from right wing Devin Setoguchi.
NOTES: St. Louis defenseman Jordan Leopold suffered an injury to his right leg during the first period and did not return. The extent of the injury was not immediately announced. Morrow suffered a cut to his face when he was hit by the high stick from center Olli Jokinen in the second period, but he was able to return. ... LW Vladimir Tarasenko was back in the St. Louis lineup after missing Thursday night's game because of the flu. ... With six goals and 34 assists, Alex Pietrangelo became the first defenseman in Blues history to record 40 points in each of his first three full seasons. ... D Barret Jackman appeared in his 700th game with the Blues, becoming the fourth player in team history to reach that milestone. ... After the game, the nine Blues headed for the Olympics flew to New York, where they will join other NHL players on a charter flight Sunday to Sochi. ... The Jets have four players headed to the Olympics. ... D Paul Postma rejoined the Jets after a four-game conditioning stint with the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL. ... The Blues assigned RW Dmitrij Jaskin to Chicago of the AHL.