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Shattenkirk’s shootout goal lifts Blues past Hurricanes 3-2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored in the shootout and the St. Louis Blues beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.

Ryan Reaves and David Backes scored in regulation for the Blues, and Jake Allen made 26 saves before stopping all three Carolina shooters in the tiebreaker.

Defensemen Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, but the Hurricanes have earned in nine of 11 January games.

Anton Khudobin made one save but allowed two goals before he was pulled 2:35 in and replaced by Cam Ward, who stopped all 29 shots he faced.

Shattenkirk beat Ward with a wrist shot in the second round of the shootout, and Allen stopped Eric Staal with his pads to end it.

The Blues, 9-0-1 in their past 10 games, beat Carolina in a shootout for the second time this season.

Both teams had chances to take the lead in the third period. Ward stopped a streaking Reaves from point-blank range midway through the frame, and in a bizarre sequence, Allen apparently didn’t see a routine shot from Jeff Skinner that hit the inside of the left post but didn’t cross the line.

Two of Carolina’s young defensemen scored to erase an early two-goal deficit. Faulk pulled the Hurricanes to 2-1 with a slap shot through traffic with 9:03 left in the first, and Murphy tied it with a slap shot that appeared to hit Blues defenseman Barret Jackman’s stick on its way past Allen.

Such a rally seemed unlikely after St. Louis took control early, needing just 2:35 to take a 2-0 lead.

Reaves scored first for the Blues, taking a slick pass from Steve Ott — who was behind the goal line — and burying the puck past Khudobin.

Backes chased the Carolina goalie 97 seconds later when he beat him with a wrist shot from the back of the right circle.

NOTES: St. Louis C Marcel Goc, acquired earlier this week from Pittsburgh, assisted on Reaves’ goal for his first point with the Blues. … RW Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game for the Hurricanes. Carolina fell to 9-11-2 without him this season. … The Blues didn’t have C Patrik Berglund and C Jori Lehtera, who both sustained upper-body injuries in a win at Nashville on Thursday.

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