Tarasenko scores 10th goal to lift Blues past Stars

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Giv­ing up a lead late be­fore go­ing on to win two straight games is not St Louis coach Ken Hitch­cock’s idea of good hockey.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 3:24 of over­time to lift the Blues to a 4-3 vic­tory over the Dal­las Stars on Mon­day night. Tarasenko took a pass from Jori Le­htera and fired a wrist shot past Stars goalie Antti Niemi for 10th of the sea­son and team-lead­ing 23rd point.

The Stars had tied it with 50 sec­onds left in the third pe­riod on de­fense­man Jamie Olek­siak’s se­cond goal of the game. “There’s a real con­cern about the leads,” Hitch­cock said. “There’s a real con­cern about what we gave up and how we did it. We played ter­rific and had full con­trol of the hockey game. We got care­less on our check­ing and our puck man­age­ment.”

The Blues also gave up a late third-pe­riod goal in Satur­day’s shootout win over Min­nesota. “There’s a lot of good things to like with what’s go­ing on right now,” Hitch­cock said.

“You like our spirit and our abil­ity to come back but there’s gen­uine concerns on my part about el­e­ments of our game that don’t hurt you at home but will kill you on the road. We have to get that cleaned up.” On the ty­ing goal, Dal­las had an ex­tra skater with Niemi pulled and Olek­siak sent the puck at the net from the left point and it got past Blues goalie Jake Allen for his fourth ca­reer goal third against St. Louis. “I don’t come into games think­ing (any­thing) but I was for­tu­nate to get a cou­ple of bounces here and I think I just do what I can,” Olek­siak said. “Ob­vi­ously I have some fa­mil­iar­ity with this team. We play them a lot and played them in the play­offs last year and you kind of learn some ten­den­cies and you kind of learn where to be in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.”

Robby Fab­bri, Alex Pi­etrangelo and David Per­ron also scored for St. Louis, and Allen fin­ished with 18 saves. Jamie Benn had the Stars’ other goal and Niemi stopped 27 shots. St. Louis im­proved to 3-3 in games be­yond reg­u­la­tion - in­clud­ing 2-2 in over­time - and Dal­las fell to 1-6 - all in OT. “Over­time is killing us right now,” Benn said. The Blues took a 3-2 lead with 6:48 re­main­ing as Per­ron took a pass from Jaden Schwartz and beat Niemi. Per­ron has the long­est ac­tive point-scor­ing streak

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