For the third time in four preseason games, the Dallas Stars headed to overtime Saturday night. For the second time in those three games, they came up short. Patrik Berglund scored on the power play 2:07 into overtime to give the Blues a 3-2 victory at Scottrade Center.
The Blues tied the game with 4:41 left in the third with a power play goal and then won it on the power play in overtime.
“When you are in a tight game you don’t want to take penalties. That’s one thing we have to get better at,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Five minutes left, 2-1 game, we basically beat ourselves. That’s an area we will be possessed about cleaning up.”
The Stars were shorthanded seven times in the game.
“Part of our game is we don’t want to be taking penalties, bad penalties, and we took too many tonight,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said.
Benn and Alex Chiasson scored for the Stars, who are now 2-0-2 in preseason play. Tyler Seguin assisted on both Dallas goals. Kari Lehtonen played the entire game in goal and stopped 33 of 36 shots.
“I thought he looked sharp,” Ruff said of Lehtonen. “He got to see some great situations, some stuff you just don’t get to see in practice. I thought he gave us a real good game.”
The Stars and Blues played a scoreless first period. The Blues had an 8-3 advantage in shots at one point in the first, but the Stars outshot the Blues 7-1 over the final part of the period thanks to a couple of power play chances. The Stars had three power play chances in the first 20 minutes, but were unable to take advantage.
The Blues had 1:49 of power play time to start the second and then another power play early in the period, but the Stars were able to kill off both.
The Stars went on their fourth power play of the night at the 4:01 mark of the second, and Chiasson scored from close range at the 5:39 mark to put the Stars up 1-0.
St. Louis tied it at 8:30 of the second when Jaden Schwartz knocked home the rebound of a Dmitrij Jaskin shot.
The Stars had a great chance to take the lead late in the second, but Allen stopped Vernon Fiddler on a shorthanded breakaway with 2:06 left in the period.
The Blues outshot the Stars 17-9 in the second period and had a 26-19 advantage through the first 40 minutes.
The Stars tied the game early in the third on a highlight reel goal by Benn. After Seguin won the opening faceoff of the period, Benn came down the left wing, undressed Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold and then beat Allen to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
But the Blues drew even late in the third. Less than 30 seconds after Seguin went to the penalty box for tripping, the Blues tied the game with a four-on-three power play goal by Alex Pietrangelo with 4:41 left in the third period.
The Blues went on a power play 13 seconds into overtime when Jordie Benn was called for overtime and Berglund scored with six seconds left on it, putting home the rebound of a Pietrangelo shot to give St. Louis the win.
*The Blues outshot the Stars 36-24.
*Alex Chiasson led Dallas with 5 shots on goal.
*The Stars were 1-6 on the power play and 5-7 on the penalty kill.
*Dallas won 27 of 60 (45 percent) of faceoffs in the game. Vernon Fiddler won 13 of 17 (76 percent). Tyler Seguin won 7 of 18 (39 percent). Shawn Horcoff won 4 of 16 (25 percent).
*Stars defenseman Kevin Connauton and Blues forward Cody Beach dropped the gloves late in the second period.
*Sunday is a scheduled day off for the Stars. They will practice again Monday morning in Frisco starting at 9:00 a.m.
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