WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ryan Reaves scored the game-winner in his hometown as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Reaves scored 2:25 into the third period when he grabbed a loose puck near the side of Winnipeg’s net, spun around and sent a low shot by goalie Ondrej Pavelec for the 3-2 lead.
Jaden Schwartz and David Backes each scored on the power play for St. Louis (13-6-1) and Paul Stastny added an empty-netter. Alexander Steen, who’s also from Winnipeg, and Alex Pietrangelo each had a pair of assists.
Bryan Little scored his sixth of the season and Jim Slater got Winnipeg’s fourth line its first goal of the year. It was the Jets’ second straight loss and moved their record to 10-9-3.
St. Louis backup goalie Jake Allen made 29 saves in the victory. Pavelec turned aside 26 shots.
The Blues were without defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who suffered a lower-body injury in St. Louis’ 3-2 win over Ottawa Saturday afternoon.
The absence ended Bouwmeester’s “ironman” streak at 737 consecutive NHL games, the longest active streak in the league. His first game was Mar. 6, 2004. The league record is Doug Jarvis with 964 straight games.
The Blues didn’t get a shot on goal until almost seven minutes into the first period, when Pavelec’s stop made the shots-on-goal 7-1 in favor of the Jets.
Little scored at 9:04 when he poked the rebound of Andrew Ladd’s shot between Allen’s pads. The goal ended Little’s 13-game scoring drought.
Schwartz deflected a Steen point shot for his eighth goal of the season at 5:14 of the second period while Jets forward Adam Lowry was in the penalty box for delay of game.
Winnipeg regained the lead at 9:53 on Slater’s high shot from the slot, but penalty trouble soon cost the Jets again.
With Evander Kane in the box for roughing, Steen sent a long pass from near his goal out to Backes, who went high over Pavelec’s glove with 2:03 left for the 2-2 tie.
Heading into the third, St. Louis was 2 for 3 on the power play and Winnipeg 0 for 1.
After Reaves gave the Blues the 3-2 lead with his third goal of the season, Kane was sent to the box again on a double minor for high sticking with 8:45 left in the game, but St. Louis couldn’t capitalize.
Winnipeg pulled Pavelec for the extra attacker with 2:02 left and Stastny scored his third goal of the season with 40 seconds left.
The game was St. Louis’s third back-to-back of the season and the last of a four-game road trip. The Blues go home on a two-game win streak and host Ottawa Tuesday.
Winnipeg begins a three-game road trip at Columbus on Tuesday.
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