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Blues top Rangers in overtime, gain ground in playoff race

Schenn's goal moves St. Louis within three points of second wild card in West

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues moved within three points of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with a 4-3 overtime win against the New York Rangers at Scottrade Center on Saturday.

Brayden Schenn scored at 1:02 of overtime, and Alex Pietrangelo had two goals and an assist for the Blues (38-28-5), who trail the Dallas Stars by three points for the second wild card. Jake Allen made 17 saves.

 

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"There were some ups and downs during that one, I would say," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "It's a big win, big response in the third period." 

Schenn received a pass from Pietrangelo at his blue line, carried the puck into the Rangers zone, spun around John Gilmour and beat Alexandar Georgiev from the slot.

"[Gilmour] looked like a pretty quick defenseman there," Schenn said. "I was skating into the corner there and felt like I wasn't going to beat him, so I just tried to turn up, pull to the middle and I was able to beat him off the wall."

The Blues played without forward Vladimir Tarasenko after the first period because of an upper-body injury. Yeo said there would be a further update on Sunday, when the Blues play the Chicago Blackhawks.

Video: NYR@STL: Pietrangelo slams puck home to open scoring

Mika Zibanejad scored twice, Mats Zuccarello scored and Georgiev made 29 saves for New York (32-32-8).

The Rangers trail the New Jersey Devils by 10 points for the second wild card from the East with 10 games to play.

"We didn't do a good job of kind of getting that forecheck going and getting some shots on net," Zibanejad said. "They're a good team and we talked about that before. I thought we worked ourselves back into the game, and it was unfortunate not to come up with the two points there."

Pietrangelo tied the game 3-3 with a power-play goal at 5:15 of the third period.

Nikita Soshnikov's first goal with the Blues gave them a 2-1 lead at 2:24 of the second period.

"It was a broken play going into the zone and [Chris Thorburn] dropped the puck for me," said Soshnikov, who played his eighth game with St. Louis after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 15. "I saw the room for a shot and I shot it. I saw the room there and I went there."

Zuccarello tied it at 12:07 and Zibanejad's power-play goal at 14:34 gave the Rangers their first lead at 3-2.

Zibanejad tied the game 1-1 42 seconds into the second period.

Pietrangelo gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 15:49 of the first period, when the Blues outshot the Rangers 16-2.

"Well we followed the master plan in the first period, tire them out in our own end," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Our [defensemen] couldn't make a pass and our forwards couldn't get through the neutral zone, but after that, I liked our game. We played well in the second period, didn't give them much and we got some pretty good looks and were able to take a 3-2 lead." 

Video: NYR@STL: Soshnikov goes top shelf on Georgiev

 

Goal of the game

Schenn's goal at 1:02 of overtime.

Video: NYR@STL: Schenn spins and scores overtime winner

 

Save of the game

Allen's save against Chris Kreider 22 seconds into overtime.

Video: NYR@STL: Allen stretches to make fantastic save in OT

 

Highlight of the game

Pietrangelo's second goal at 5:15 of the third period.

Video: NYR@STL: Pietrangelo pots second goal on power play

 

They said it

"I tried to get out of the way (on the first goal), and it hit me and went off my pants and found a way in. The second one, we tried to have sort of a set play and a nice play from [Pavel Buchnevich] and [Kreider]. It's nice to be able to contribute, but I'd rather have the two points." -- Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad

 

Video: NYR@STL: Zibanejad, Kreider connect for pretty PPG

 

"I thought other than the second period, we had some real good pushes. I think we did a lot of things we built off (our last road) trip. I thought we let it get away from us a bit there (in the second period), but overall we needed those two points." -- Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo

 

Need to know

The loss was the first for the Rangers this season when leading after two periods (20-0-1). ... The win was the third this season for the Blues when trailing after two periods (3-23-1). ... Pietrangelo's power-play goal was the Blues' first in 16 opportunities.

 
What's next

Rangers: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Blues: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Schenn scores in OT to lift Blues to 4-3 win

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