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Blues erase two-goal deficit, beat Jets 4-3 on late goal from Stastny @NHLdotcom

WINNIPEG - Paul Stastny's winning goal was an example of how bounces sometimes go your way.

The St. Louis forward lifted the Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday when his shot hit the post and went in past goalie Connor Hellebuyck with 3:38 left in regulation.

Seconds earlier, Jets forward Mark Scheifele had his shot ring off the post near netminder Jake Allen, but it stayed out.

"That's the way hockey goes," Scheifele said. "You've got to be able to rebound from it."

But the Jets didn't, and ended up losing a game in which they had a 3-1 lead.

Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored on the power play. Troy Brouwer also had a goal for St. Louis (18-10-4), while Allen stopped 33 shots. Steen, Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk each added a pair of assists.

It was Tarasenko who fed the pass to Stastny while Jets' defenders were trying to erase the two-on-one chance.

"From this morning (during the morning skate), we were finding each other on two-on-ones," Stastny said of Tarasenko.

"I just had a gut feeling. For some reason, I thought he was going to pass to me there. He waited for the (defenceman) to make a move and then he made a good saucer pass. For me, it's more I make sure I handle it and get it off as soon as I can."

The loss halted a three-game home winning streak for the Jets (14-15-2), who got goals from Scheifele, Chris Thorburn and Drew Stafford. Hellebuyck made 22 saves in his third straight start for Winnipeg.

Tyler Myers and Mathieu Perreault each picked up a pair of assists and Scheifele added one.

"It is frustrating because (Scheifele) hit the post on one end and that could potentially make the game 4-3 for us, and then they come down the other way two-on-one and then they hit the post, but it goes post and in," Perreault said.

"It's just that kind of luck we're having right now."

Winnipeg had a 3-1 lead in the second period before the Blues began their comeback with Steen's power-play marker at 18:25 when Adam Lowry was off for holding.

Scheifele then took penalties for roughing and cross-checking and Tarasenko netted his 19th goal of the season at the 51-second mark of the third period to tie the game.

"When you get power-play opportunities like that when the game is at 3-1, you need to capitalize on those," Steen said. "For us to do that was huge."

The Jets scored with their first shot on goal when Myers' point shot was deflected by Scheifele for his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 4:10 of the first period.

St. Louis tied it 16 seconds into the second period with Brouwer's wrist shot from near the top of the circle. David Backes picked up the assist, extending his season-high point streak to five games with three goals and three assists.

Winnipeg regained the lead on a good effort by Blake Wheeler.

Wheeler missed the net on a breakaway shot, but got the puck along the boards and fed a pass to Thorburn, who fired a one-timer by Allen at 5:54 for his fifth of the season.

Stafford made it 3-1 at 8:30 with his 11th of the season, but then Lowry was sent to the box for a holding call that drew catcalls from the crowd at MTS Centre.

The Blues went 2 for 3 on the power play and killed off both of Winnipeg's chances with the man advantage. Their penalty kill is now 20 for 20 in their last nine games.

The Jets host the New York Rangers on Friday. St. Louis host Nashville on Thursday.

Notes: Thorburn was playing in his 594th game for the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers' franchise - tying Ilya Kovalchuk's record.

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