Shattenkirk lifts Blues over Stars 3-2 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013
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DALLAS (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk and the St. Louis Blues took advantage of Dallas' struggling penalty killers — with only a few seconds to spare.

Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 4:49 into overtime, giving the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Stars on Sunday.

Jaden Schwartz had a goal in his fifth straight game and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues, who improved to 12-0-1 against Central Division opponents. Brian Elliott made 28 saves to win for the second consecutive night.

After the Stars failed to score with a man advantage earlier in overtime, Kevin Connauton was penalized for tripping at 4:24. Shattenkirk took a pass from Alex Pietrangelo in the left circle and shot the puck past goalie Kari Lehtonen into the lower right side of the net. Vladimir Sobotka also assisted.

"(Sobotka) did a lot of work on that," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He did a lot of work creating the penalty and did a great job obviously on the goal."

Dallas overcame a 2-0 deficit with second-period goals by Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt.

Schwartz opened the scoring on a power play at 2:41 of the first. He has one goal in each of his last five games.

St. Louis scored off a Stars mistake at 5:12 of the second. Oshie picked up the puck after Connauton whiffed on a pass in his own end.

Dallas scored only its third power-play goal at home this season when Benn got his fourth goal in five games at 8:13. Garbutt tied it 2-all at 11:31 on a screened shot from the left point that went between Elliott's legs.

Lehtonen stopped 19 shots for Dallas, which came into the game with an 89 percent success rate on the penalty kill.

"We had our opportunity in overtime and we didn't get it done," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We can look at the two one-timers that we shot. We missed the net on both, and their one-timer found a hole."

The Blues have earned at least a point in six consecutive road games (4-0-2), extending their season-best streak.

Sobotka returned after missing six games because of an upper-body injury and had two assists. He stepped in for captain David Backes, out because of an upper-body injury sustained Saturday against Chicago.

"(Sobotka) is a player that you can rely on in every situation. He's just a great player all around," Schwartz said. "It was a big jump for us and a big positive leap getting him back in the lineup."

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