Shattenkirk lifts Blues over Stars 3-2 in OT
Kevin Shattenkirk and the St. Louis Blues took advantage of
Dallas’ struggling penalty killers – with only a few seconds to
Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 4:49 into overtime, giving
the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Sunday.
Jaden Schwartz had a goal in his fifth straight game and T.J.
Oshie also scored for the Blues, who improved to 12-0-1 against
Central Division opponents. Brian Elliott made 28 saves to win for
the second consecutive night.
After the Stars failed to score with a man advantage earlier in
overtime, Kevin Connauton was penalized for tripping at 4:24.
Shattenkirk took a pass from Alex Pietrangelo in the left circle
and shot the puck past goalie Kari Lehtonen into the lower right
side of the net. Vladimir Sobotka also assisted.
”(Sobotka) did a lot of work on that,” Blues coach Ken
Hitchcock said. ”He did a lot of work creating the penalty and did
a great job obviously on the goal.”
Dallas overcame a 2-0 deficit with second-period goals by Jamie
Benn and Ryan Garbutt.
Schwartz opened the scoring on a power play at 2:41 of the
first. He has one goal in each of his last five games.
St. Louis scored off a Stars mistake at 5:12 of the second.
Oshie picked up the puck after Connauton whiffed on a pass in his
Dallas scored only its third power-play goal at home this season
when Benn got his fourth goal in five games at 8:13. Garbutt tied
it 2-all at 11:31 on a screened shot from the left point that went
between Elliott’s legs.
Lehtonen stopped 19 shots for Dallas, which came into the game
with an 89 percent success rate on the penalty kill.
”We had our opportunity in overtime and we didn’t get it
done,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. ”We can look at the two
one-timers that we shot. We missed the net on both, and their
one-timer found a hole.”
The Blues have earned at least a point in six consecutive road
games (4-0-2), extending their season-best streak.
Sobotka returned after missing six games because of an
upper-body injury and had two assists. He stepped in for captain
David Backes, out because of an upper-body injury sustained
Saturday against Chicago.
”(Sobotka) is a player that you can rely on in every situation.
He’s just a great player all around,” Schwartz said. ”It was a
big jump for us and a big positive leap getting him back in the
It appeared that Dallas had scored in the first minute for the
second consecutive game when Cody Eakin batted in a rebound of
Garbutt’s shot. But the goal was disallowed because Garbutt didn’t
allow Elliott to make a play on the puck.
”I thought we did our best to try to avoid contact. It’s a
tough call,” Ruff said. ”They make a decision on the ice, and
After a disputed icing call, Garbutt received a penalty for
unsportsmanlike conduct. While he was in the box, Schwartz took a
cross-ice pass from Sobotka and put the puck into the open right
side of the net.
”It was frustrating to get that goal waved off, especially
after the one they had in St. Louis on us,” Garbutt said. ”But I
can’t really do anything about that. That was definitely something
I had to fight back from and help the team.”
Schwartz has 13 goals this season. His five-game streak has him
halfway to the Blues record of 10 set by Brett Hull – twice.
Lehtonen stopped St. Louis’ second-best scoring chance in the
period with a pad save of Vladimir Tarasenko’s wrist shot.
Neither team had a goal or a penalty in a defense-minded third
period, when Dallas outshot the Blues 8-4.
”We were outplayed in the second, but in the third we really
managed the game properly and did a good job,” Hitchcock said.
Oshie received a slashing penalty at 1:11 of overtime, but the
Stars couldn’t take advantage.
”You look at the attempts at the net and the amount of chances
we had vs. they, and they’re a better team at finishing off some
opportunities,” Ruff said.
NOTES: Dallas is 3 for 63 (5 percent) with a man advantage at
home this season. … With Backes sidelined and Alexander Steen on
injured reserve, St. Louis was without its top two goal scorers.
… Dallas’ Alex Chiasson returned after missing two games because
of the flu. … Also returning was Blues forward Brenden Morrow,
the Stars’ captain for six-plus seasons, for his first game in
Dallas since being traded last March. The Stars played a video
tribute to Morrow during a first-period timeout. ”It was a nice
little tribute. I just wanted to make sure I got through it, didn’t
tear up and acknowledged everyone,” Morrow said.