Blues defeat Stars in shootout to extend winning streak
Get seventh straight victory, maintain lead for first in Central after blowing lead lateby Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to seven games with a 4-3 shootout victory against the Dallas Stars at Enterprise Center on Saturday.
Brayden Schenn scored for the fourth straight game for the Blues (39-17-10), who lead the Colorado Avalanche by three points for first place in the Central Division. Jake Allen made 28 saves through overtime and three more in the shootout.
Allen made the save against Jamie Benn on a breakaway with 59 seconds remaining in overtime.
"I tried to have some fun with it," Allen said. "We've been in a lot of overtime games this year. I can't put a number on it, but quite a few and, you're not going to win them all, honestly. It's a pond hockey game, so you're just waiting for a breakdown, and they got one there. I thought it was going to be 2-on-0 originally, and then Benn sort of pulled away, got the save, and [Ryan] O'Reilly had a big goal in the shootout."
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John Klingberg tied the game 3-3 for Dallas with 19 seconds left in the third period and goalie Anton Khudobin pulled for an extra attacker.
"I think we have a really good system 6-on-5, and we stuck with it," Klingberg said. "I think we hold on to the pucks there and take what's open. We knew that they were going to try to pack it in when they play 5-on-6. We got some opportunities there, and credit to the guys down low. They won back the pucks, and that's how you create scoring chances."
It was the second straight loss for the Stars (37-21-7), who trail the Avalanche by four points for second in the Central.
"I always look at these shootout losses as you don't lose the game, because you don't lose the game, you tie the game," Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. "You lose the shootout. We played with them. It was great to see us come back because I thought we were playing really well."
Video: DAL@STL: O'Reilly, Schenn team up for pretty goal
Khudobin made 26 saves but allowed the only goal of the shootout when O'Reilly got in tight and lifted a backhand into the top of the net in the second round.
"It was great. We've seen that move from him," St. Louis center Tyler Bozak said. "He's got incredible hands."
The Blues set their record with their third streak of at least seven consecutive wins this season. They won eight straight Dec. 12-29 and seven in a row Oct. 27-Nov. 9.
"I think that our team knows how to win," coach Craig Berube said. "You win seven, eight in a row three times, it means you're winning games where you're probably not playing your best hockey. It's hard to play really good hockey every night. You've got to find ways to win games without playing your best game. We've done a pretty good job of that."
Tyler Seguin gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 8:30 of the first period when he tipped a Klingberg shot. It was his third goal in four games.
Video: DAL@STL: Seguin redirects shot to kick off scoring
David Perron tied it 1-1 at 12:56 when his centering pass went in off defenseman Miro Heiskanen. It was his second goal in 14 games, each against Dallas.
Bozak scored on the power play at 4:19 of the second period to give the Blues a 2-1 lead, and Schenn made it 3-1 at 13:06.
Denis Gurianov got the Stars within 3-2 when he scored on a breakaway after a Perron turnover at 15:06 of the second. It was his 20th goal.
Video: DAL@STL: Klingberg snipes home game-tying goal in 3rd
They said it
"You watch the standings a little bit. Colorado's a good team, St. Louis is taking off, so we're just trying to stay in the mix and still hunt down first place." -- Stars center Tyler Seguin
"Guys have stepped up at different times, and that's what's important. I think even for Jake [Allen] tonight to come in like that and you've got a six-game win streak on the line against a really good team and to play the way we did was awesome." -- Blues forward David Perron
Video: DAL@STL: Perron's shot deflects in off defender
Need to know
Benn had an assist on Klingberg's goal to extend his point streak to five games (one goal, five assists). ... Seguin has three goals and one assist during a four-game point streak. ... The Blues are 25-0-6 when leading entering the third period.
Stars: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SNW, NHL.TV)
Blues: At the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG, FS-MW, NHL.TV)