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Blues recover to defeat Jets in OT, win seventh straight

Perron scores with 1:46 left after getting tied late in third period

by Darrin Bauming / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Perron comes through in overtime

STL@WPG: Perron wins it on brilliant solo effort

David Perron forces a turnover, dashes down on a breakaway and roofs home a backhander to win it for the Blues in overtime

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WINNIPEG -- David Perron scored on a breakaway with 1:46 left in overtime to give the St. Louis Blues their seventh straight win, 5-4 against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

"There's many things that come to my head there; maybe a shot five-hole, maybe just a regular shot a little bit further out," Perron said following his fourth overtime goal of the season. "I tend to go on the backhand a little bit and try and freeze him and go in the back, and it worked out."

 

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Blake Wheeler tied it 4-4 with 1:14 remaining in the third period for the Jets (21-14-3), who have lost four of their past five.

"Just one of those games. Good job by everyone staying in it," Wheeler said. "I thought we had a lot of real good players tonight. Came up short."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Perron seals win for Blues

Tyler Bozak scored twice, and Jaden Schwartz had three assists for the Blues (25-8-6), who have the longest active winning streak in the NHL.

Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for St. Louis. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for Winnipeg. The teams play again Sunday.

"It feels good," Bozak said. "It gives us confidence, gives us stuff to build on. Obviously we still have a lot of things we need to work on. We have to get better, but it does give us that confidence to keep playing well. A lot of games have been tight games, so finding ways to win those is also huge."

Video: STL@WPG: Bozak rips one-timer home for second goal

Justin Faulk scored 1:10 into the first period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. Gabriel Bourque tied it 1-1 with 46 seconds remaining in the period.

Alex Pietrangelo put the Blues ahead 2-1 at 5:30 of the second period. Kyle Connor scored at 9:37 of the second to make it 2-2, and at 3:12 of the third period to make it 3-3.

"We were never out of it," Connor said. "We kept fighting back. It was a good battle. It [kind of stinks] we're on the wrong end of it finishing off, but I think we can learn some stuff from that going into the next game."

Video: STL@WPG: Connor nets Scheifele's rebound for PPG

Bozak made it 3-2 at 16:08 of the second period, and 4-3 at 5:10 of the third.

"It was a nice little play there they made. It was a big goal [Bozak] scored," Blues coach Craig Berube said of the third-period goal. "[Bozak and Robert Thomas are] used to each other and they know each other and they work off each other very well, and [Bozak has] scored some goals lately with him."

 

They said it

"We've got to be better defensively. I thought that some of the goals were just breakdowns that we normally don't do, and we can be better. Again, they're a good team and we're going to be challenged on Sunday." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

"I think there was a lot of good things in that game that we need to take with us to St. Louis and Denver. I think we had some chances to get two points. I think they were playing the way we expected before the game. They're a tough team to beat, that's for sure. Hopefully we can beat them in St. Louis." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine

 

Need to know

Earlier this season, Perron became the first player in Blues history to score three overtime goals in any seven-game span (Oct. 27, Nov. 1, Nov. 9). He extended his point streak to five games (four goals, five assists). ... Schwartz extended his point streak to five games (two goals, seven assists). ... Pietrangelo has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past three games. ... Jets forward Mark Scheifele had an assist and has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games. ... Laine had an assist and has five points (three goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.

 

What's next

Blues: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; TVAS, FS-MW, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the St. Louis Blues on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; TVAS, FS-MW, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Video: Blues edge Jets in OT for seventh consecutive win

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