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Blues rally for road win against Jets

Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny led the way as the St. Louis Blues rallied for a come-from-behind victory over the host Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Blues recent rollercoaster-like stretch continued on Tuesday night when they faced a two-goal deficit early but rallied for a late comeback victory. 

Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen each had a goal and two assists and Paul Stastny netted the game-winner with 3:38 remaining as the Blues beat the host Winnipeg Jets 4-3 at MTS Centre. 

“We’ve been here before this year,” Steen told reporters. “We don’t give up. I think this has been one of our strong points this year is to be able to keep playing and keep pushing forward.”

After allowing three goals in the first one and a half periods, Jake Allen made every stop he needed to in the third and finished with 33 saves.

“What he did was in the third period when we had no legs, we were exhausted, [Allen] came through for us,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. “He made big save after big save. I knew three or four shifts into the third period that we were going to have a heroic [goaltending] effort just to keep afloat, because we had put so much into the game, and our guys were showing the effects of so much hockey.”

The Blues (18-10-4, 40 points), who host the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, had lost five of their first six games in December. They haven’t won back-to-back games since Nov. 7-10. 

For a while on Tuesday night, it looked like the Blues might lose back-to-back games after suffering a home loss on Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche. 

The Jets (14-15-2, 30 points) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Mark Scheifele’s 12th goal of the season just 4:10 into the first period. 

After Troy Brouwer tied it for the Blues with his sixth of the year, just 16 seconds into the second period, the hosts answered with goals from Chris Thorburn and Drew Stafford to take a 3-1 lead.

The Blues got some momentum late in the second period when Steen scored his 11th of the season on a power play, assisted by Kevin Shattenkirk and Tarasenko, to cut the deficit. 

Then the visitors opened the third period with another power-play goal, Tarasenko’s 19th of the season, just 51 seconds into the third period. That goal was assisted by Shattenkirk and Steen.

The score remained tied, thanks to Allen’s work in net, until Stastny tallied the game-winner with 3:38 left after taking a 2-on-1 pass from Tarasenko and smacking it off the post and into the net. 

“I just had a gut feeling,” Stastny told reporters. “For some reason, I thought he was going to pass to me there. He waited for the (defenseman) to make a move and then he made a good saucer pass. For me, it’s more I make sure I handle it and get it off as soon as I can.”

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