Blues’ win streak ends with 3-2 loss to Jets
December 04 2016 11:21 PM
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The Blues came into this game with Winnipeg having the second most points in the league at home and with a six-game win streak at Scottrade Center, but none of the games in that run were easy. Four were by one goal, and most were still up for grabs in the final minute.
This game was another for the list as the Blues continued to give their fans their money’s worth. For the third time in four games on this homestand, the Blues went to overtime.
The Blues took a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals by Alexander Steen and Dmitrij Jaskin but gave up a goal to Bryan Little on a two-on-one 17 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 loss at Scottrade Center. The Blues came into the game with a three-game win streak overall and extended their streak of getting points at home to 12 games, going back to Oct. 25.
Jaskin was called for tripping Jacob Trouba in the Blues’ offensive zone with 5:45 to go in the third, which the Blues killed. The Blues then got a power play of their own with 2:22 to play when Josh Morrissey was all over Vladimir Tarasenko’s back on a breakaway and was called for holding, but couldn’t score either.
In overtime, Winnipeg won the faceoff, regrouped in its own end, and Patrik Laine fed an open Little on a two-on-one.
The Blues scored three power-play goals on Thursday and had two chances in the first period, but managed to lose ground. With Alexander Burmistrov off for tripping Ryan Reaves, Tarasenko whiffed on a shot, and the Jets turned that into a short-handed three-on-one. Blake Wheeler skated the puck up ice and fed Chris Thorburn for an easy tap-in and a 1-0 Jets lead. It was the third short-handed goal the Blues had allowed this season.
That was the only goal in the first, though Hutton gets some of the credit for that. About 3{ minutes before the goal, he made a quick pad save on a shot by Ben Chiarot and then blocked a shot on the rebound by Burmistrov with his arm.
The Blues tied the game on Steen’s 200th career goal and 150th with the Blues. He took the puck down the left side and shot from just inside the circle, beating Michael Hutchinson to the top right corner. It was the third time Steen had scored No. 200 but the first one that stuck. He lost one on a replay review and another was ruled to have been tipped by Jaden Schwartz. There was no disputing this one. Steen and his father, Thomas, join a select group of father-son combinations each with 200 NHL goals. The others are the Hulls (Bobby and Brett) and the Parises (J.P. and Zach). Steen’s father played his entire NHL career with the previous incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets and had 264 goals. (Though Swedish, Alexander Steen was born in Winnipeg.)



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