Tarasenko scores 10th goal to lift Blues past Stars
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