Tarasenko's hat trick leads Blues over Lightning

St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk, left, is congratulated by Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russia, after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko scored three goals and Kevin Shattenkirk added two to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

The Blues have won three in a row and six straight at home.

Tampa Bay lost its season-high fourth consecutive game.

Jake Allen made 22 saves in improving to 12-3-3.

Tarasenko, who leads the team with 13 goals, recorded his fourth career hat trick. He scored twice in the game's opening 9:37 to stake his team to a 2-0 lead.

Shattenkirk, who also had two assists, added two power-play goals, the second coming just 1:44 into second period for a 4-1 lead.

Cedric Paquette scored twice for the Lightning, who have been outscored 19-9 during the four-game skid.

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