On Saturday against Chicago, the Blues defenseman had the clinching
goal in a 6-5 shootout win. Shattenkirk's one-timer from the left
circle came with St. Louis on the power play after Stars rookie
defenseman Kevin Connauton was called for tripping with 36 seconds
left in the extra frame. The Blues (26-7-5, 57 points) finished the
night 2-for-2 on the power play.
"Yeah, I think we're happy with getting four points out of four,"
Blues left winger Jaden Schwartz said. "Pretty gutsy wins by us, a
nice comeback win last night and kind of a character win for us
tonight. So it's definitely nice getting that extra point both
Just 23 seconds into the game, Dallas (19-12-7, 45 points) appeared
to strike first when center Cody Eakin knocked in a rebound after
the initial shot by center Ryan Garbutt was denied by St. Louis
goaltender Brian Elliott. But Eakin's goal was waved off when
Garbutt was guilty of keeping Elliott from playing Eakin's attempt.
"I thought we did our best to try to avoid contact," Stars head
coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's a tough call. It's a call they make a
decision on the ice, and it's made."
St. Louis went on the power play 30 seconds later when Garbutt was
called for unsportsmanlike conduct. The visitors capitalized at 2:41
of the first when Schwartz scored his 13th goal after being left
alone at the right post.
Blues center Vladimir Sobotka, who had two assists, made a great
pass from the left circle to Schwartz, who summarily converted with
a quick snap to give the visitors an early lead.
"Yeah, he's got great patience," Schwartz said of Sobotka. "He holds
onto the puck when he needs to and he can make plays along with
playing all three zones. He's a fun guy to play with."
After the Stars peppered Elliott early in the second period, the
Blues doubled their advantage when center T.J. Oshie scored his
fifth at 5:12, beating goalie Kari Lehtonen with a wrister to the
short side from the left circle.
After Connauton misplayed the puck outside the left circle,
Oshie collected the puck and converted on St. Louis' first shot
of the middle period.
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However, Dallas pulled one back at 8:13 when left winger and
captain Jamie Benn scored his 13th of the season with the Stars
on the power play. Left winger Ray Whitney set up Benn
beautifully with a pass from the right corner, a feed Benn
finished with a one-timer into the far side of the visiting net.
Dallas then tied it at 11:31 when Garbutt scored his seventh
after redirecting a long-range shot by defenseman Aaron Rome.
Rome's initial wrister came from near the St. Louis blue line.
Garbutt deflected the puck inside the left circle, changing the
direction of Rome's shot enough to make it a 2-2 contest.
Following an uneventful and penalty-free third period, the game
headed to overtime.
"The third period for me was really impressive," Blues coach Ken
Hitchcock said. "We managed the game in the third period. We
were outplayed in the second but in the third we really managed
the game properly and did a good job."
The Stars got a great chance to win in overtime when Oshie was
called for slashing Benn 1:11 into the extra frame, but Dallas
"We had our opportunity in overtime and we didn't get it done,"
Ruff said. "We gave them an opportunity and it was a perfect
Lehtonen stopped 19 of 22 shots for Dallas.
NOTES: Blues RW and captain David Backes, who sustained an
upper-body injury late in Saturday's shootout win against
Chicago, was scratched by St. Louis. Rookie RW Sergey Andronov,
recalled from AHL Peoria on Sunday, and RW Adam Cracknell were
also scratched by St. Louis. ... Stars C Dustin Jeffrey was the
lone scratch for Dallas. ... St. Louis C Vladimir Sobotka, who
missed Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, returned and
assisted on the Blues' first-period power-play goal by C Jaden
Schwartz. ... Stars rookie RW Alex Chiasson (illness), who
missed Friday's win against Nashville, returned for Dallas. ...
Blues C Brenden Morrow, the Stars' captain from 2006-13 before
being traded to Pittsburgh last season, made his first
appearance in Dallas since the trade. ... Illness forced Stars C
Cody Eakin, D Alex Goligoski and C Rich Peverley to miss
practice on Saturday, but all three returned Sunday. ...
Announced attendance was 15,678.
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