Backes scores twice as Blues edge slumping Jets
ST. LOUIS – David Backes scored two goals, including the winner in the second period, as the St. Louis Blues defeated Winnipeg 3-2 on Monday night, sending the Jets to their sixth consecutive defeat.
Backes, a former Minnesota State Mankato standout, also had an assist. Vladimir Tarasenko scored the Blues' other goal. Coach Ken Hitchcock moved Backes up to the first line with wingers Tarasenko and Alexander Steen and the trio accounted for three goals and three assists.
"I think the big thing is we win the game, and that's really what matters," Backes said. "The shake-up, being able to score a couple, it feels good, but if we don't win the game it's all for naught."
Down 2-0 in the second period, Winnipeg tied it on goals by Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little 36 seconds apart.
Jake Allen made 16 saves for St. Louis, which ended a two-game skid. Michael Hutchinson stopped 25 shots for Winnipeg.
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• TAVARES LIFTS ISLES: John Tavares had two goals and an assist to lead the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Coyotes in New York. The Islanders' Kyle Okposo had three assists, increasing his team-leading total to 12.
• HABS STRIKE IN OT: David Desharnais scored 3:25 into overtime as the Canadiens defeated the visiting Canucks 4-3 after trailing 3-0.
• TATAR SAVES WINGS: Tomas Tatar scored on a breakaway 2:04 into overtime, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the host Senators. Detroit led 3-1 in the third.