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Red-hot Blues rally to beat Lightning 2-1 in overtime

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game late in the third period and then Jaden Schwartz scored in overtime to give the streaking St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

The Blues (33-13-4) tied a franchise record with points in 12 consecutive games. They have won six straight and are 11-0-1 in their last 12.

St. Louis, which got 30 saves from Brian Elliott, improved to 20-4-2 at home this season.

Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay (32-15-5) has struggled on the road this season, going 11-12-3 with four straight defeats.

Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette opened the scoring with his sixth goal in four games and 11th of the season at 5:20 of the first period.

Paquette, selected the NHL’s second star of the week Monday, hammered home a rebound after Elliott couldn’t corral Alex Killorn’s shot from the left circle.

The Lightning held that 1-0 advantage until Tarasenko scored with 3:10 left in the third period.

The Blues’ leading scorer whistled a wrister past Ben Bishop’s left shoulder from beyond the right circle after Paul Stastny won a faceoff in the offensive zone. The goal was Tarasenko’s 26th.

Schwartz won the game with his 18th of the season 1:16 into overtime, assisted by Chris Butler and Elliott.

The Lightning fell to 22-0-2 when leading after two periods.

NOTES: Stastny, Butler and Bishop all attended Chaminade College Prep High School in St. Louis. They were teammates on the school’s club team in 2001-02. . The Blues were without D Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal), C Jori Lehtera (concussion), LW Patrik Berglund (shoulder) and RW Chris Porter (foot). . Paquette became the first rookie in Lightning history to score in four straight games. . Jonathan Drouin assisted on Paquette’s goal, giving him five assists in his last four games.

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