Elliott makes career-high 46 saves, Blues beat Canadiens in OT

BY foxsports • January 16, 2016

ST. LOUIS — Jori Lehtera scored 2:04 into overtime, Brian Elliott made a career-high 46 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night.

Ty Rattie tied it with 5:25 left for St. Louis, and Robby Fabbri and Paul Stastny also scored. The Blues have won three of four after enduring a five-game losing streak.

P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, and Mike Condon finished with 18 saves.

The Canadiens have lost three straight and four of their past five. They are 5-15 since Dec. 1.

The Blues scored 34 seconds in when Fabbri collected his own rebound after Condon couldn't locate the puck. It was the rookie's 11th goal this season. Vladimir Tarasenko and Lehtera had assists on the goal, which was challenged by the Canadiens for goalie interference but upheld.

The Canadiens outshot the Blues 17-9 in the first period.

Montreal tied it 3:41 into the second with a power-play goal by Subban. The defenseman fell as he shot the puck, but it deflected off Tarasenko's stick and trickled past Elliott.

Pacioretty's 18th of the season, on a rebound, gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with 9:36 remaining in the second period.

The Blues tied it with 8:29 left in the second on Stastny's goal. Colton Parayko took a long shot that deflected off the stick of Montreal's Tomas Fleischmann and was then tipped in by Stastny for his fourth goal.

The teams combined for 15 penalties in the second period, including a 10-minute misconduct for the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk.

Montreal had 22 shots on goal in the second period, but then had just nine in the third and one in overtime.

Plekanec made it 3-2 with 6:09 left in the third with a slap shot from the high slot. Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher assisted on the goal.

Then Rattie tied it with his second goal in two games since being recalled from the American Hockey League. His shot from the slot deflected off the stick of Mark Barberio and past Condon.

NOTES: The Blues honored former goalies Mike Liut, Curtis Joseph and Grant Fuhr in a pre-game ceremony. ... On Friday, Montreal traded D Jarred Tinordi and F Stefan Fournier to the Arizona Coyotes for D Victor Bartley and F John Scott. The Canadiens assigned F Sven Adrighetto and Daniel Carr to the St. John's IceCaps and recalled Jacob De La Rose. ... Montreal F Dale Weise returned after missing four games with an upper-body injury. ... The attendance of 19,501 was the Blues' 11th sellout of the season.

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