St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Steen netted the winning goal with
one minute left in regulation, sending St. Louis past Winnipeg by a 3-2 count
at Scottrade Center.
Brenden Morrow and Alex Pietrangelo also tallied for the Blues, winners of two
straight after dropping three of four. Jaroslav Halak came up with 21 saves
for the hosts.
Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little scored for the Jets, who slipped to their fifth
loss in six games. Andrew Ladd assisted on both scores, but Ondrej Pavelec
suffered the defeat in spite of 30 stops.
Steen's league-leading 11th goal of the season was a backhander from between
the circles which dropped between Pavelec's pads and over the goal line. It
came just over a minute into a power play created when Jets defenseman Tobias
Enstrom was sent off for interference.
Pavelec wasn't sent to the bench for an extra skater for another 30 seconds,
and his club was unable to send the game beyond regulation.
Morrow put the Blues on the board with 6:36 played in the opening period by
converting a Ryan Reaves rebound, then Wheeler equalized for the hosts at
11:20 on the power play when he knocked down a Ladd rebound from the left side
of the crease.
St. Louis snapped the deadlock with 4:16 gone in the third period, as T.J.
Oshie emerged from a scrum after a left-circle faceoff, then dished ahead to
Pietrangelo for a successful wrister from the right wing.
Winnipeg was down a man, but tied the game just after the midway point on
Little's shot from the right side. Ladd held the puck on the left wing for the
2-on-1 break, then stumbled close to Halak, but the disc squirted free long
enough for Little to lift it over the Blues' netminder.
St. Louis has won four of its six lifetime home contests against the
Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, but since the clubs are new division rivals, will
play twice more in the Gateway City before the end of the season ... Prior to
the contest, the Jets announced that defenseman Paul Postma was placed on
injured reserve with a blood clot in his leg, with Ben Chiarot recalled from
St. John's of the AHL to take the roster spot.
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