The St. Louis Blues lost another late lead on Tuesday night against the visiting Nashville Predators, but were still able to salvage a victory.
Alexander Steen's goal with 58.2 seconds remaining in the overtime period allowed the Blues to escape with a 4-3 win over the Predators at Scottrade Center.
“The win’s the win at the end of the day, but to give up with five minutes left a two-goal lead and let them back in the game and give them hope, it’s not the right thing to do and we all know that,” Blues goalie Jake Allen told reporters. “You can’t really say anything about it now, but we wish we could take those five minutes back and do it a little differently, but we got the win, we found a way, and move on to the next game.”
Tuesday’s victory was the third in four games for Blues (23-12-4, 50 points) and the sixth in eight games after going a month without being able to string two wins together.
It is also a good way to bounce back after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Central Division-leading Stars in Dallas.
“Tomorrow is another day,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “I’m not concerned. There’s lessons every day.”
The Blues took an early lead midway through the first period on Dmitrij Jaskin second goal of the season, assisted by Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo. Bouwmeester put a shot on goal from the blue line and Jaskin put home the rebound.
The Predators (18-12-7, 43 points) answered a few minutes later with a short-handed goal by Mattias Ekholm, assisted by Mike Fisher, at the 14:00 mark.
Then the Blues scored the next two goals to take a 3-1 lead.
Then Kevin Shattenkirk scored on a slap shot from the top of the right circle 1:55 into the third period, assisted by Lehtera and Colton Parayko, to take the two-goal lead. The goal was the sixth of the season for Shattenkirk, who has 23 points in 29 games.
The Predators scored twice in the final 3:58 of regulation.
Shea Weber scored his 11th of the season at the 16:08 mark on a one-timer from the high slot after a nice pass from Roman Josi.
Then Colin Wilson scored on a rebound with 1:32 remaining to tie it.
The Blues won it with 58.2 seconds left in overtime after Pietrangelo found Paul Stastny and Stastny delivered a nice lead pass to Steen behind two Predators, who buried it for his 13th goal of the season.
The Blues are back in action on Thursday night when they host the Minnesota Wild (19-10-6, 44 points) at Scottrade Center.