Oshie, Tarasenko lift Blues past Jets, 4-3
- Associated Press
- February 8, 2014 - 4:35 PM
ST. LOUIS — T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.
The crowd chanted "USA! USA! as Oshie skated in on Al Montoya and beat him. Tarasenko then scored, giving the Blues the victory in their final game before the Olympic break.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd in the tiebreaker.
Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Jaden Schwartz scored in regulation for the Blues, 15-0-1 against Central Division rivals. They are 22-5-3 at home and 39-12-6 overall.
Mark Scheifele scored twice, and Dustin Byfuglien added a goal for Winnipeg.
It was the fourth consecutive overtime game for St. Louis.
St. Louis was 0 for 8 on the power play and has failed to score in its last 20 chances.
The Blues improved to 3-1 this season against the Jets, winning the last three with each game was decided by a single goal or in a shootout.
Schwartz scored on a backhander from the slot to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead 34 seconds into the third period. Schwartz has three goals and three assists in a four-game points streak.
Byfuglien tied it on a power play with 6:17 left.
St. Louis scored first. Morrow took a drop pass from Tarasenko and snapped a wrist shot from the left circle at 7:39 of the first period.
Winnipeg tied it on Scheifele's goal at 12:33. From behind the net, Devin Setoguchi found Scheifele in front of the crease and Scheifele slid it by Elliott.
St. Louis regained the lead when Roy scored on off an assist from Morrow with 2:22 left in the period. It was Roy's first goal in 25 games since Dec.12 against Toronto.
Scheifele tied it at 2 midway through the second.
NOTES: Blues D Jordan Leopold left in the first period and did not return. ... St. Louis D Barret Jackman played in his 700th game. Only Bernie Federko (927), Brian Sutter (779) and Brett Hull (744) have played more games for the Blues than the former No. 1 draft choice. ... The 10 Blues player selected to play in the Winter Olympics were honored in ceremony before the game. Nine Blues are headed to the games. F Vladimir Sobotka will miss playing because of a leg injury. ... The Jets are sending four players to the Olympics ... With the win, coach Ken Hitchcock went past Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman on the Blues' career victories list. Bowman was 110-83-45 with the Blues from 1967 to 1970. The Blues are 111-44-15 under Hitchcock.
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