NEW YORK -- The St. Louis Blues won their eighth straight game, 3-1 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Brayden Schenn broke a 1-1 tie at 9:56 of the third period when his wraparound banked in off Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev. That extended Schenn's goal streak to five games, the longest current streak in the NHL.
"We knew we were going to have to grind it out one way or another, and we were able to hold on until the third and get that extra goal," Schenn said. "I was trying to hit [Ryan O'Reilly] back door. I see him going to the net and I didn't even know what it hit, a D-man's skate or whatever it was and got a lucky bounce, so happy to take those ones."
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Colton Parayko, Schenn and Jaden Schwartz each had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for the Blues (40-17-10), who moved three points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for first place in the Central Division. St. Louis has outscored opponents 28-13 during its winning streak.
"They're fighting for a playoff spot," Blues coach Craig Berube said of the Rangers. "You're going to get hard games. They're not going to give you an inch out there. There's no room. It's tight hockey. It's playoff hockey already, and that's what it was like tonight."
Video: STL@NYR: Parayko buries PPG from the circle
Mika Zibanejad scored, and Georgiev made 19 saves for the Rangers (35-27-4), who have lost three straight following a five-game winning streak. They remain four points behind the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference wild card race.
"I saw that he had a couple of options there," Georgiev said of Schenn's goal. "I didn't really expect him to shoot, and the puck came off my skate. You just have to make that save next time. A tight game, and we battled until the end."
New York forward Artemi Panarin had his 13-game point streak end (five goals, 14 assists). It was tied for the fourth-longest in the NHL this season.
Zibanejad gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead on the power play at 12:26 with a one-timer off a pass from Ryan Strome.
Video: STL@NYR: Strome sets up Zibanejad for opening PPG
Parayko tied it 1-1 on the power play at 2:35 after Zibanejad whiffed on a clearing attempt.
"I think we're just keeping it simple" said Parayko, who was a game-time decision after missing the morning skate because he was ill. "Just making sure we're getting pucks towards the net and at the net, and that's kind of our biggest thing as a group."
The Rangers outshot the Blues 12-6 in the third period.
"I thought we carried the play for a lot of it, 1-1 game going into the third," New York defenseman Marc Staal said. "[They] kind of get a lucky bounce and we were just unable to find one, but I like our effort. … It also hurt more the position that we're in this time of year to lose a game like that when we played well, but it's going to happen."
Schwartz scored into an empty net with six seconds remaining for the 3-1 final.
The Blues have their second eight-game winning streak this season (Dec. 12-29).
"We don't rely on one or two guys up front or one or two guys on the back end," Schenn said. "We rely on a team to get the job done every night, and on some nights, it's not going to happen. That's just the reality of it, and that's when other guys step up and do a good job filling in for one another, and that's how we're winning hockey games."
They said it
"We talked a lot about it before the game and this morning about checking those guys when they are out there and being tight on them, being physical and closing on them and I thought our guys did a good job, our D did a good job." -- Blues coach Craig Berube on limiting Rangers forwards Artemi Panarin (one) and Mika Zibanejad (three) to four shots
"I think we played pretty good, it was a tight game. Unfortunate bounce there on the goal, but we battled hard, and if we keep playing that way I think we're going to win a lot of games going forward." -- Rangers forward Jesper Fast
Need to know
The only players with a longer point streak than Panarin's this season are Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (17 games; Nov. 16-Dec. 17), Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (15 games; Nov. 2-30) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (14 games; Jan. 21-Feb. 28). … It is the second five-game goal streak for Schenn this season (Oct. 5-14). … Binnington is 6-0-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his past six games. … … O'Reilly played in his 800th NHL game. … St. Louis forward Jordan Kyrou (illness) missed his second straight game.
Blues: At the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, MSG+, FS-MW, NHL.TV)
Rangers: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)
Video: Parayko, Schenn lift Blues to victory