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Steen scores shootout winner as Blues edge Jets 2-1

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WINNIPEG, Canado - Alexander Steen scored the winner in a shootout as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Thursday.

Vladimir Tarasenko also scored in the shootout for the Blues (39-18-4) while Patrik Berglund scored in regulation.

Andrew Ladd had the lone goal in the shootout for the Jets (31-20-12). Mark Scheifele found the back of the net in the third period.

Brian Elliott made 30 saves for St. Louis through regulation and overtime as Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots for Winnipeg.

Berglund got the game's first goal with 1:49 left in the second period, but the Jets tied it up with Scheifele's 10th goal of the season at 3:14 of the third.

The Jets were playing the second game of a four-game homestand. The loss halted a season-long four-game home winning streak.

The contest began a five-game road trip for the Blues, who are playing 11 of their next 14 games away from home. They travel to Edmonton for a game on Saturday.

The Central Division rivals still have three games against each other this season, with two in St. Louis.

Winnipeg outshot the Blues 11-4 in a hard-hitting, scoreless first period, but the Jets only got one shot on goal during their lone power play late in the frame.

The tight checking continued in the second, which featured a number of blocked shots from both teams.

Berglund scored his eighth of the season when he went down the ice with Paul Stastny, who sent him a pass across the front of the net for a shot that went over Hutchinson's glove at 18:11. Winnipeg native Ryan Reaves also picked up an assist.

Earlier in the period, Berglund took a crushing hit into the boards from Dustin Byfuglien, who was moved back to defence after the Jets acquired winger Jiri Tlusty in a trade with Carolina on Wednesday.

Tlusty was on the second line with Scheifele and Drew Stafford. He had a good chance late in the period to score, but fired the rebound from a Stafford shot over the net.

Both clubs had 11 shots on goal in the middle frame.

Scheifele scored his goal after Ladd fed him the puck from behind the net to inside the faceoff circle as Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo's stick broke in front of the net.

It was Ladd's 200th point with the franchise.

Blues forward David Backes took a penalty with 57 seconds left in regulation for an illegal check to the head of Scheifele, then Scheifele was called for tripping Jaden Schwartz 2:03 into overtime. Both teams had two power plays during the game.

Winnipeg was without top-line winger Blake Wheeler (lower body) for a second straight game. He was replaced by Michael Frolik on a line with Ladd and centre Bryan Little. Wheeler may be back for Sunday's home game against Los Angeles.

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