ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues passed their first test of the weekend against the Central Division-leading Dallas Stars.
The Blues beat the visiting Stars 3-2 on David Backes' score in the final round of a franchise-tying nine-round shootout on Saturday night at Scottrade Center.
“It’s not my forte but when called upon hopefully I can contribute and tonight was one of those nights,” said Backes, who did not score in his previous four shootout attempts. “You look at all the efforts that it took to get there. … We stuck with it for 60 minutes and we’ve been saying all year we’re going to like our results and we like them tonight.”
The Blues (22-11-4, 48 points) got their second win over the Stars (26-7-3, 55 points) this season after getting a power-play goal from Alexander Steen in the second period, a late goal from rookie Robby Fabbri to tie it, 22 saves from Jake Allen, one in overtime from Kevin Shattenkirk and the Backes’ winner in the shootout.
St. Louis, which will play at Dallas on Sunday, has now won five of its last six games overall.
“We played very well, played very well from start to finish,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “This is similar to the Boston effort. We did a lot of good things. It would have just been an absolute shame to not walk away with points, but we did a number of really good things today. The goalies make a difference and their goalie was making a difference until Robby scored that goal.”
The Stars, who lead the NHL in points, looked like they were on their way to tying up the season series with the Blues after goals from Tyler Seguin and Colton Sceviour in regulation before Fabbri tied it.
Antti Niemi finished with 35 saves for the Dallas.
“A tough circumstance but a pretty even game,” Stars center Jason Spezza said. “They probably carried the play a little bit but we had a 2-1 lead with 3 minutes left and a chance to win the game. So we got a point and now we move on tomorrow at home where we've been good.”
The Blues scored first, 6:18 into the second period, on a power-play goal by Steen from the high slot after a pass from Shattenkirk.
The goal, Steen’s 12th of the season, was the Blues’ eighth on the man advantage in nine games. Vladimir Tarasenko also picked up an assist, extending his point streak to a career-best eight games.
The Stars answered just 2:03 later when Sceviour beat Allen for his third goal of the season after a pass from Cody Eakin. Jamie Benn also assisted, giving him 47 points in 36 games.
St. Louis had outshot Dallas 11-0 in the second period before Sceviour’s goal.
The Blues had two more good scoring chances in the period, but Colton Parayko hit the post with a wrister and Fabbri’s wraparound attempt toward an open net was broken up by Ales Hemsky.
Seguin scored his 20th of the season and the 150th of his career with 37 seconds remaining in the second on a drive from the right circle. Patrick Sharp and Alex Goligowski assisted on the go-ahead goal.
Fabbri tied the score at 2 with 1:50 remaining with his eighth of the season and third in three games on a shot from the slot after a pass from Jay Bouwmeester.
“He’s a scorer,” Hitchcock said of Fabbri, a 19-year-old rookie. “You don’t shoot the puck like that, snap it like that, get it away like that. He’s a scorer. He’s going to be a big-time scorer in the National Hockey League because he gets open, he finds those pockets and the puck’s gone.”
Shattenkirk kept the score tied in overtime when he batted a shot from Patrick Sharp out of the air before it crossed the goal line.
“All I saw out of the corner of my eye was the puck going the other way,” Allen said. “I watched on the replay and he obviously batted it out of the air. He’s playing unbelievable for us. He does every single possible thing to help us win.”
Seguin, Sharp, Jason Spezza and Patrick Eaves scored for the Stars, but St. Louis pulled out the victory when Allen denied Vernon Fiddler in the ninth round after Backes scored.
“It was emotionally draining because we had it three or four times and then they got it back,” Hitchcock said.