By Tom Timmermann/St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Blues’ extended their winning streak to four games, their point streak to seven games and knocked another of the league’s top teams with a 4-2 win over the Kings at Scottrade Center on Monday night.
The Blues got goals from Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz and what turned out to be the game winner from Carl Gunnarsson, just the third of his career. The Blues added an empty net goal from Vladimir Sobotka with 1:05 to play to clinch it.
The Blues and Kings were two of the three teams in the league with 19 points coming into the game. Jake Allen stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to get the win.
After a scoreless first period, the Blues and Kings went wild in the second period, with the Blues taking a 3-2 lead.
Tarasenko started the scoring with his sixth goal of the season after a steal by Schwartz. Schwartz then made it 2-0 with his eighth goal of the season, as he put in a rebound of a backhand attempt by Brayden Schenn.
The Kings got back to 2-1 on a breakaway goal by Tanner Pearson, but the Blues pushed the lead back to two on a goal by Carl Gunnarsson, who had been having a rough game to that point. (It was his turnover that led to Pearson’s goal.)
The Kings challenged that there was goalie interference, but the officials ruled no, which did not sit well with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who skated out of his goal to yell at the refs.
The Kings made it 3-2 on a goal by Dustin Brown 19 seconds into a power play after a tripping call on Colton Parayko.
Defenseman Alex Goligoski scored with 14.4 seconds remaining in overtime, and Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves to help the Arizona Coyotes avoid the worst start in NHL history with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.
The win was the first of the season for the Coyotes (1-10-1), who matched the NHL record with 11 straight losses to open the season.
Jordan Martinook and Christian Dvorak each scored their first goals of the season and Brendan Perlini netted his second for the Coyotes, who won for the first time under first-year coach Rick Tocchet despite blowing a two-goal lead in the final minute of regulation.
The Coyotes held a 3-1 lead with less than a minute remaining in regulation. With Philadelphia goaltender Brian Elliott pulled for an extra attacker, Jordan Weal scored with 52.6 seconds remaining, and Sean Couturier tied it with 14.4 seconds to go.
San Jose 3 Toronto 2
Dallas 2 Vancouver 1 (OT)
St. Louis 4 Los Angeles 2
Montreal 8 Ottawa 3
Tampa Bay 8 Florida 5
NY Islanders 6 Las Vegas 3
Arizona 4 Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Columbus 4 Boston 3 (SO)
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