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Patrik Berglund gives Blues win against Stars

Scores to break tie with 1:54 remaining; Paul Stastny has two goals, assist

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Once St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund stole the puck on the forecheck and got it back to the point to Kevin Shattenkirk, he was determined to get to the net.

Shattenkirk recognized that, and Berglund did the rest, scoring with 1:54 remaining to give the Blues a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars at Scottrade Center on Saturday.

Berglund took the puck from Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya, and then backhanded it around the boards to Shattenkirk. He then tipped Shattenkirk's pass from just inside the blue line over goalie Antti Niemi's right shoulder from the bottom of the left faceoff circle to break a 3-3 tie.

 

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"I know he's very good with finding shot-passes and stuff like that, so instead of standing on the backdoor, I just kind of went to the other side and lost my guy, so great play by [Shattenkirk]," Berglund said. "I thought it was going to get past [Niemi]; that's why I tried. It worked out.

"I knew I was going to tip it. I wasn't going to grab it or anything. It's a big goal, and good for us."

Video: DAL@STL: Berglund nets nice redirect for lead in 3rd

Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist, Vladimir Tarasenko scored, and Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen each had two assists for the Blues (21-14-5). Carter Hutton made 25 saves.

"A regulation win is more important for us, I think, trying to separate from the teams in back of us," Stastny said. "Kind of a back-and-forth game. Hutton made some big saves there at the end, obviously a timely goal from [Berglund]."

Lauri Korpikoski and John Klingberg each had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Eaves scored for the Stars (16-16-8). Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Niemi, who made seven saves.

"It's a frustrating game to lose," Dallas forward Jason Spezza said. "They score on a deflection that's pretty hard to do, and it goes in the net for them after we have two point-blankers to take the lead ourselves. It's a frustrating one."

Korpikoski scored his first goal in 23 games on a breakaway at 2:20 of the first period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Jordie Benn's long pass off the wall sent Korpikoski into the Blues zone with speed.

Video: DAL@STL: Stastny deflects Steen's one-timer for PPG

St. Louis scored the next two goals in the period. Stastny tied it 1-1 at 9:27, and Tarasenko scored a power-play goal with 3:17 remaining to make it 2-1.

The Stars tied it 2-2 35 seconds into the second period when Eaves scored on the power play.

Stastny scored on the power play at 7:51 on the Blues' first shot of the period to put St. Louis back ahead 3-2 and chase Lehtonen.

"I just saw three shots and three goals on (14) shots and tried to change the momentum of the game," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of replacing Lehtonen.

Klingberg scored at 4-on-4 to tie it 3-3 with 1:25 remaining in the second.

Video: DAL@STL: Tarasenko rips a wrister from slot for PPG

 

Goal of the game

Klingberg skated through the Blues defense from the right point, and despite getting some resistance from Stastny's stick, he was able to get off a shot from the right hash marks that beat Hutton.

Video: DAL@STL: Klingberg dances through defense and scores

 

Saves of the game

Hutton got his right shoulder on Jiri Hudler's shot off a rebound at 10:54 of the second period after kicking out his right pad to deny Cody Eakin's shot to keep it a 3-2 Blues lead.

Video: DAL@STL: Hutton moves across crease to rob Hudler

 

Highlight of the game

Stastny scored his first goal after he tipped Brad Hunt's pass from the Blues zone at the red line and beat Stars defenseman Esa Lindell to the puck in the slot after it caromed off the end boards.

Video: DAL@STL: Stastny capitalizes off favorable bounce

 

Unsung performance of the game

Blues forward Nail Yakupov, who was a healthy scratch the previous five games, had a hit, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating in 11:27 playing with Stastny and Steen. "He gave them some speed and tenacity and aggressiveness to the net," Hitchcock said.

 

They said it

"I don't care how [Paul Stastny] gets it in there, just get it in deep. I don't care how they do it. I don't care if they've got to put it in their back pocket and carry it in. Whatever they got to do to get the [darn] thing deep." -- Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on Stastny's first goal

 

"I think we had our opportunities in the third period. A couple good opportunities early and you don't score, you're not going to win the game." -- Stars coach Lindy Ruff

 

Need to know

Hutton's assist on Stastny's first goal was the third of his NHL career. ... Stars center Tyler Seguin had his five-game point streak come to an end.

 

What's next

Stars: At the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, NESN, NHL.TV)

 

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