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St. Louis Blues fall to New York Islanders in overtime

Mikhail Grabovski scored in overtime to give the visiting New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

The St. Louis Blues overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period against the New York Islanders on Saturday night but couldn’t earn a victory. 

Mikhail Grabovski scored with 59.3 seconds left in overtime to lift the visiting Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Blues at Scottrade Center.

“I thought we really deserved more,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “I thought we were a little bit sluggish in the first period. We weren't checking as hard as we've done. I thought we played great in the second and third. Guys gave a lot, gave a lot in the second and gave a ton in the third. (We) missed a lot of chances in the second period, bang-bang plays at the net. We had some great opportunities.”

Playing just their second home game of the season, after a season-long six game road trip, the Blues (5-2-1, 11 points) were without three of their top six forwards from their home opener — Paul Stastny (foot), Jaden Schwartz (ankle) and Robby Fabbri (concussion) — as well as defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body). 

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Making matters more difficult against the Islanders (5-2-1, 11 points) was the late scratch of forward Scottie Upshall, who came down with an illness before the game. With Upshall unavailable, St. Louis suited up seven defensemen and used Chris Butler as a forward.

The Blues came out predictably flat and then surrendered goals late in the first and second periods, with Kyle Okposo scoring at the 16:52 mark of the first and then John Tavares netting his fifth of the season at the 18:41 mark of the second.

St. Louis fought back to tie the score. 

Rookie defenseman Colton Parayko scored his third of the season, assisted by Steve Ott, just 2:26 into the third period on a rocket from near the blue line. 

Then Alexander Steen scored his fourth of the season when he re-directed a shot from Parayko midway through the third period. That goal, also assisted by Jori Lehtera, gave Parayko five points in his first eight NHL games. 

The Blues out-shot the Islanders 15-2 in the third period, but weren’t able to net the go-ahead goal for the remainder of the final period.

They had chances during their first 3-on-3 overtime session but weren’t able to get one past Thomas Greiss, who made 38 saves to improve to 3-0-1. 

The Islanders finished it off when Grabovski redirected a pass from Frans Nelson in front past Brian Elliott, who fell to 4-0-1 in five starts.

The Blues, who have now lost two straight after a 5-1 start, will host the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-2-2, 12 points) on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.  

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

 


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