Oshie, Tarasenko lift Blues past Jets, 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — 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."

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