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Blues defeat Stars in overtime

Vladimir Tarasenko scores with 1:36 remaining in OT after Dallas ties it late

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko scored with 1:36 remaining in overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars at Scottrade Center on Monday.

Tarasenko took a pass to the low slot from Jori Lehtera and beat goalie Antti Niemi for his 10th goal.

David Perron, Robby Fabbri and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues (13-7-3), who have earned at least a point in 10 straight home games (8-0-2) and are 10-1-2 overall at Scottrade Center.

 

WATCH: All Stars vs. Blues highlights

 

St. Louis goalie Jake Allen made 18 saves for his sixth straight win. He is 8-0-2 at home.

Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak scored twice, including the tying goal with 49.9 seconds remaining.

It was the second straight game the Blues allowed a tying goal with a sixth attacker on the ice. The Minnesota Wild scored with 1:08 remaining Saturday before St. Louis won 4-3 in a shootout.

Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists for the Stars (9-8-6), who began a four-game trip that continues Tuesday at the Detroit Red Wings. Niemi made 27 saves.

Dallas is 1-6 in overtime.

Video: DAL@STL: Tarasenko buries Lehtera's feed for OT win

"It wasn't pretty, but we got a point," Benn said. "I guess that's a positive. I like how we found a way to score late there, but this overtime is killing us right now."

Fabbri gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with his first goal in six games with a snap shot to the short side at 13:36 of the first period.

Pietrangelo made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 4:17 of the second period.

Oleksiak beat Allen with a shot to the short side with 3:39 remaining in the second to make it 2-1, and Benn tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal 1:47 into the third with a quick shot after skating into the right faceoff circle.

Perron gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at 13:12 of the third with his seventh goal. He has three goals and eight assists during an NHL career-high eight-game point streak.

The Stars pulled Niemi, and Oleksiak's shot deflected off Pietrangelo and past Allen to tie it 3-3.

"It's frustrating; it just seems like we can't get any bounces," Pietrangelo said. "We all tried so hard to clear the puck right before that, but nobody cleared it, and those always come back to haunt you.

"I have one finger to hit left, and it hits my pinkie and finds a way to change direction."

The Blues will be looking to find a way to hold on to leads.

"There's real concern about the leads," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "There's real concern with what we gave up and how we did it. We played terrific and had full control of the hockey game, and we got careless on our checking and puck management."

Video: DAL@STL: Pietrangelo slots home loose puck for PPG

 

Goal of the game

It's not often a defenseman is able to dangle around a skater the way Oleksiak did before his first goal, but he did it to Perron and Pietrangelo before beating Allen to the short side to get the Stars back in the game.

Video: DAL@STL: Oleksiak dances by two Blues to beat Allen

 

Save of the game

Niemi's save on Tarasenko with 1:55 remaining in the second period kept it a 2-1 game and gave the Stars a chance to earn a point. It was a quick reaction off a Jay Bouwmeester shot blocked by Tyler Seguin.

Video: DAL@STL: Niemi robs Tarasenko with a great skate save

 

Highlight of the game

Fabbri's goal was the result of three perfect passes to spring him free. Tarasenko started the play by getting it to Lehtera, who passed to defenseman Robert Bortuzzo. Fabbri took a feed from Bortuzzo in stride and shot past Niemi to the short side.

Video: DAL@STL: Fabbri avoids offsides, nets Bortuzzo's pass

 

Unsung moment of the game

Allen already had allowed a Benn power-play goal to tie the game, but he made two crucial saves on the Stars captain, the first with 7:06 left, the second with 6:56 remaining, moments before Perron scored to give the Blues a 3-2 lead.

Video: DAL@STL: Allen stones Benn twice in the 3rd period

 

They said it

"I was almost going to go change there if [Jay Bouwmeester] doesn't give it to me, then I was patient myself, giving it to [Jaden] Schwartz on the wing. He was patient also, and you see [Paul Stastny] going down and it's almost like a short 2-on-1. Maybe the goalie's thinking about that, so I was able to go low blocker." -- Blues forward David Perron on his goal

 

Video: DAL@STL: Perron nets give-and-go to put Blues ahead

 

"It's always nice to contribute. I think coming out of that game with one point is really big for us. ... I think it was a good hard point for all the boys, and I'm just happy to contribute." -- Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak

 

Video: DAL@STL: Oleksiak ties game late with his second goal

 

Need to know

Stars defenseman Julius Honka had two assists, giving him three in four games since being recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League. ... Schwartz extended his point streak to seven games (five goals, four assists) with an assist on Perron's goal. … Lehtera had two assists.

 

What's next

Stars: At the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, SUN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Tarasenko tallies OT winner in Blues' 4-3 victory

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