Tarasenko will get hat trick as Blues beat Predators 5-Four in OT

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko placed on fairly a present to maintain the St. Louis Blues’ profitable streak alive.

Tarasenko accomplished a hat trick by scoring 16 seconds into extra time , and the Blues held off the Nashville Predators 5-Four on Sunday, stretching their streak to a season-best six video games.

“I simply tried to take it to the web,” Tarasenko stated. “I acknowledged I beat one man. Good issues occur once you go to the web. It’s an essential sport for us. It feels good proper now, particularly back-to-back towards Nashville. We received these 4 factors. It’s enormous for our staff.”

Tarasenko skated up the boards and throughout the slot earlier than beating goalie Juuse Saros stick-side for each the victory and his 22nd aim this season. For Tarasenko, it was the 200th aim of his profession, his fourth hat trick and his 10th profession extra time aim.

“Fairly spectacular,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo stated. “I feel all of us had a sense there in extra time when he will get that transfer, exterior in, you’re not stopping him. We’re going to wish him to maintain doing that. He’s on a roll.”

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Nashville middle Ryan Johansen wasn’t pleased with what he known as a “very unfair drop” of the puck by the official to begin extra time.

“Possession to begin is big,” Johansen stated. “That’s all that issues. We performed our butts off and so they performed their butts off. It got here all the way down to a mistake like that and that ought to be addressed as a result of that’s not truthful. (Ryan) O’Reilly is an unbelievable faceoff man, and I simply need it to be truthful. It’s too dangerous it ended like that.”

Pietrangelo and Tyler Bozak every scored a aim. O’Reilly and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists apiece for the Blues.

Jake Allen made 40 saves in his first look since Jan. 17 because the Blues took their second sport in as many days from Nashville, following up a 3-2 win in St. Louis on Saturday. Allen, who has sat behind rookie Jordan Binnington, known as it most likely considered one of his longest stretches with out taking part in since being within the NHL.

“It’s powerful in case you’re a goalie or a participant, simply to get your legs again greater than something,” Allen stated. “You at all times really feel a little bit wonky on the market firstly of the sport, however you attempt to settle in as fast as you may and discover your rhythm once more, in order that was the most important factor, particularly in a giant sport, a giant rivalry. We’re clawing for factors.”

Viktor Arvidsson scored two targets, giving him an NHL-best 15 since Jan. 1. Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg additionally scored, and Ryan Johansen and Ryan Ellis had two assists every.

Nashville had tied it with a pair of targets over the primary 6:10 of the third interval, and it was Tarasenko who put the Blues forward. He received the good thing about a bounce to beat Saros at 7:06 for a 4-Three lead. Forsberg tied it up for Nashville at 12:53, and Tarasenko, who almost scored inside the ultimate 80 seconds of regulation, couldn’t be stopped in extra time.

The Blues have gained seven of their final eight, pushing themselves into the second wild-card spot within the Western Convention. Nashville, which got here in a single level behind Winnipeg for the Central Division lead, had gained six straight on this sequence on dwelling ice, outscoring the Blues 26-Eight with a few shutouts.

Now the Blues are 3-1 this season towards the Predators with the ultimate sport Feb. 26 in St. Louis.

The groups mixed for 4 targets over the span of lower than three minutes early within the second.

Pietrangelo beat Saros with a snap shot that hit off the left submit and in 19 seconds into the person benefit. Tarasenko made it 2-0, beating Saros glove-side at 4:41, and Arvidsson lastly put Nashville on the board together with his 23rd this season, tapping the puck into an open web with Allen on the far submit at 5:06.

Then Bozak capped the wild scoring spree at 5:51, sending a backhander over Saros’ stick for a 3-1 lead.

NOTES: Tarasenko matched his career-high level streak, stretching his present streak to eight straight. He has seven targets and 5 assists over the streak. He has had two different eight-game level streaks, the final from March 25-April 9, 2016. … Tarasenko additionally had a hat trick with an extra time aim on Oct. 28, 2014, at Dallas. … Brett Hull is the one different participant in Blues’ historical past with a regular-season hat trick that included an OT aim together with his on Oct. 9, 1997, towards the Kings. … Tarasenko additionally scored the third-fastest OT aim in Blues historical past. … Forsberg turned the primary participant in Nashville franchise historical past with 5 20-goal seasons. … Ellis notched his 200th profession NHL level with an help on Arvidsson’s aim.

UP NEXT

Blues: Host New Jersey on Tuesday evening.

Predators: Host Detroit on Tuesday evening.

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Comply with Teresa M. Walker at https://twitter.com/TeresaMWalker

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