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

spare.

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

own end.

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

lineup.”

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

it’s made.”

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.