WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Alexander Steen got the winning goal in the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko also scored in the tiebreaker for the Blues. Patrik Berglund had St. Louis’ score in regulation, and Brian Elliott finished with 30 saves through overtime.
Mark Scheifele had the tying goal in the third period and Andrew Ladd scored in the shootout for the Jets. Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots.
Berglund gave the Blues the lead 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.
Winnipeg, playing the second of a four-game homestand, had won four straight on home ice.
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 first period, but the Jets only got one shot on goal during their lone power play late.
The tight checking continued in the second, which featured a number of blocked shots from both teams as each finished with 11 shots.
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.
Earlier in the period, Berglund took a crushing hit into the boards from Dustin Byfuglien, who was moved back to defense 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.
Scheifele scored his goal after Ladd fed him the puck from behind the net to inside the faceoff circle as Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s stick broke in front of the net. It was Ladd’s 200th point with the franchise.
NOTES: 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 injury) for a second straight game. He was replaced by Michael Frolik on a line with Ladd and center Bryan Little. Wheeler may be back for Sunday’s home game against Los Angeles. … St. Louis opened a five-game road trip and plays 11 of its next 14 games away from home.
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