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Winnipeg at St. Louis

Oshie, Tarasenko send Blues past Jets in shootout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- To stay a step ahead of goaltenders, T.J. Oshie mixes up his shots in shootouts.

It worked Saturday, with Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scoring in the tiebreaker to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

"I try to switch it up," Oshie said. "I know they watch video just like we do so I try to be unpredictable out there. I've scored a couple on backhands, three or four in the 5-hole and a couple using the forehand."

Alexander Steen missed on the first attempt. Then came Oshie.

The crowd chanted "USA! USA! as Oshie skated in on Al Montoya and beat him. Tarasenko then scored, giving the Blues the victory in their final game before the Olympic break. Tarasenko is 3 for 5 in shootouts.

Whichever way he goes, Oshie is getting the job done. He is 7 for 10 in shootouts.

"It's just a fun part of the game where you've been doing it at the end of practices with goalies since you were a kid," Oshie said. "It's something I've had fun doing."

Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd in the tiebreaker. They were a combined 9 for 14 before misfiring against Elliot.

Coach Ken Hitchcock said there is a "calmness" on the bench when it comes to time for a shootout.

"That's what is intriguing for me," Hitchcock said. "First of all, we can go deep cause we have people who are good at it that are down the ladder. But we've also got those three guys who are pretty golden for us to be honest. We know we're going to get a goal from one of the three for sure."

Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Jaden Schwartz scored in regulation for the Blues, 15-0-1 against Central Division rivals. They are 22-5-3 at home and 39-12-6 overall.

Mark Scheifele scored twice, and Dustin Byfuglien added a goal for Winnipeg.

"We know we played a good game and for it to come down to a shootout is a tough way to end it," Scheifele said. "We know we can play with every team in this league and to lose in a shootout to a team like that is obviously good but we know we could have won that game."

It was the fourth consecutive overtime game for St. Louis.

St. Louis was 0 for 8 on the power play and has failed to score in its last 20 chances.

"I've got three weeks to think about it," Hitchcock said, pointing to the Olympic break. "I have no thoughts. I need a break from it. They need a break from it."

The Blues improved to 3-1 this season against the Jets, winning the last three with each game was decided by a single goal or in a shootout.

Schwartz scored on a backhander from the slot to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead 34 seconds into the third period. Schwartz has three goals and three assists in a four-game points streak.

Byfuglien tied it on a power play with 6:17 left.

St. Louis scored first. Morrow took a drop pass from Tarasenko and snapped a wrist shot from the left circle at 7:39 of the first period.

Winnipeg tied it on Scheifele's goal at 12:33. From behind the net, Devin Setoguchi found Scheifele in front of the crease and Scheifele slid it by Elliott.

St. Louis regained the lead when Roy scored on off an assist from Morrow with 2:22 left in the period. It was Roy's first goal in 25 games since Dec.12 against Toronto.

Scheifele tied it at 2 midway through the second.

"We played a hell of a game, down three times and battled back," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "Big power play goal, fantastic penalty kill. We played a real solid game. I liked the looks we were getting for the most part on power-play, getting faster.

"I don't put any stock into a shootout deciding how we play. We played a great game. We worked hard enough and played well enough that we just as easily could have won that game."

Notes

Blues D Jordan Leopold left in the first period and did not return. ... St. Louis D Barret Jackman played in his 700th game. Only Bernie Federko (927), Brian Sutter (779) and Brett Hull (744) have played more games for the Blues than the former No. 1 draft choice. ... The 10 Blues player selected to play in the Winter Olympics were honored in ceremony before the game. Nine Blues are headed to the games. F Vladimir Sobotka will miss playing because of a leg injury. ... The Jets are sending four players to the Olympics ... With the win, Hitchcock went past Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman on the Blues' career victories list. Bowman was 110-83-45 with the Blues from 1967 to 1970. The Blues are 111-44-15 under Hitchcock.

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St. Louis' T.J. Oshie gets the puck past Al Montoya during the shootout, helping to seal the win for the Blues. (USATSI)
St. Louis' T.J. Oshie gets the puck past Al Montoya during the shootout, helping to seal the win for the Blues. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Winnipeg (28-26-6)11100 (0)3
St. Louis  (39-12-6) «20101 (2)4
Three Stars
B. Morrow
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Roy
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Scheifele
WPG


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:39 - Brenden Morrow (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Tarasenko, Roy
12:33 - Mark Scheifele (12), Tip-In. Assist: Setoguchi, Bogosian
17:38 - Derek Roy (10), Tip-In. Assist: Morrow, Pietrangelo
2ND PERIOD
10:22 - Mark Scheifele (13), Backhand Shot. Assist: Wheeler, Thorburn
3RD PERIOD
34.0 - Jaden Schwartz (18), Slap Shot. Assist: Jackman, Berglund
13:43Power Play - Dustin Byfuglien (14), Slap Shot. Assist: Wheeler, Enstrom
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
  - T.J. Oshie (7), GOAL
  - Vladimir Tarasenko (3), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:32Wright, 2 min, Hooking
08:31Stuart, 2 min, Tripping
10:33Morrow, 2 min, Too Many Men on the Ice(bench)
12:35Thorburn, 5 min, Fighting
12:35Reaves, 5 min, Fighting
18:47Scheifele, 2 min, Cross Check
18:50Stuart, 5 min, Fighting
18:50Stewart, 5 min, Fighting
18:50Stewart, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
02:14Bouwmeester, 2 min, Slashing
05:00Jokinen, 4 min, High sticking
08:00Thorburn, 2 min, Slashing
3RD PERIOD
09:43Pietrangelo, 2 min, Tripping
13:18Steen, 2 min, Hooking
18:08Wheeler, 2 min, Slashing
OT
04:59Trouba, 2 min, Hooking
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
WPG811928
STL761023
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Al Montoya 64:57233
Brian Elliott 64:59283
Game Information
Attendance - 19052
Referees - Steve Kozari, Jon McIsaac
Linesmen - Kiel Murchison, Tim Nowak
 
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