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Blues fall to Red Wings in overtime

Vladimir Tarasenko tied the score late in the third period, but the St. Louis Blues lost in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings.

ST. LOUIS — Disappointment? No, that’s not the word St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen wanted to use following his team’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

“I don't think it's a disappointment,” Allen said. “I think we were lucky to get a point. I don't think we played our best as a group as a whole, myself included. Vladi saved us there and got us a point.”

Vladimir Tarasenko's 13th goal of the season, scored with just 2:10 remaining in the third period, tied the score and helped the Blues (13-6-2, 28 points) get it to overtime, securing one point.  

The Red Wings (11-8-2, 24 points) finished it off there after Colton Parayko was called for interference, turning the 3-on-2 session into a 4-on-3 with 1:56 left. 

The Blues were closing in on their second straight shootout, but after winning a face-off in their defensive zone were unable to clear the puck. Instead, a slap shot from Teemu Pulkkinen sailed past Allen with just 18.8 seconds left for the game-winner. 

Allen and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester both said Pulkkinen’s shot defleated off of Alex Pietrangelo’s stick. 

“It's a hard play off the face-off and goes against the boards,” Bouwmeester said. “There’s pressure and they’ve got more guys than you. Yeah, we wish we would have got it out, but it doesn’t change anything. You’re still trying to kill the penalty. The goal goes off a guy’s stick. It's not like we gave him a wide open net. Any time you take a penalty in overtime, I don't think it was a very good call, but that's the way it goes and you've got to try and kill it.”

Kyle Brodziak and Jori Lehtera also scored for the Blues, while Allen finished with 28 saves. The loss was the fourth in six games.

“I thought that we didn’t win a lot of the puck fights that we have to win to beat that team,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I thought we allowed them to exit far too easy. What did they score, two goals in front of the net? I thought they won the front of the net. There were stages there that we did a good job, but I thought their tenacity in boxing us out was better than ours. I thought we had some guys that really played well and we had some guys who were a little off today.”

The Red Wings, who also got goals from Pavel Datsyuk, Luke Glendening and Dylan Larkin and a 30-save performance from Jimmy Howard, capped off a 3-0-1 week with back-to-back wins over a pair of Western Conference heavyweights, the Los Angeles Kings and the Blues. 

“We played some really good hockey teams,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We want to measure ourselves against what we think are some of the best teams in the league and see how we stack up. So I thought we did a good job that way. This is obviously a real good hockey team and on the road it’s an impressive win for us.”

The Red Wings opened the scoring, midway through the first period, when Brad Richards found Datsyuk in front with a pass from behind the net.

Then the Blues scored twice within 1:40 later in the period.

Brodziak tied it with a top-shelf wrister to the short side after sneaking behind the defense with a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk. Then Lehtera’s redirection of a Bouwmeester shot gave them a 2-1 lead with 5:10 left.

Detroit tied it with a goal from Glendening with 1:29 remaining in the first and then took the lead midway through the second period when Larkin redirected a shot from Henrik Zetterberg — the fourth goal in four games and eighth of the season for the 19-year-old. 

The visitors led 3-2 for nearly 30 minutes of game time before Tarasenko tied the score with 2:10 remaining in the third period after knifing through the defense. 

The Blues had chances in the overtime period, including a shot from Magnus Paajarvi that Howard got a piece of with 2:37 left.

But they couldn’t capitalize and, after Parayko went to the box, they couldn’t kill the final penalty to get the game to a shootout. 

“They’re a quick team and they’re a smart team,” Allen said. “They’ve got some of the best talent in the world up there in their top two lines. We just didn’t have it tonight. I don’t think our execution was on par with our normal game. We mustered a point out of it, which is very positive and huge for our division but Monday get back to the drawing board.”

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