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The St. Louis Blues lost in shootout to the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 after Drew Stafford and Andrew Ladd both scored in the shootout.
For the Blues, this is their first shootout loss since Mar. 1. With the loss, the Blues get a point and their record moves to 45-20-6 with 96 points. St. Louis is now two points ahead of the Nashville Predators and four points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division.
This win was Winnipeg’s first this season when trailing after two periods (1-19-4).
Following a shutout victory against Calgary, Brian Elliott made his seventh start in eight games and stopped 33 out of the 34 shots faced. The Blues’ shutout streak ended at 179:32 as the Jets scored late in the third period. This stretch was just 10:45 short of the Blues’ franchise record.
Despite a scoreless first period, the Blues got on the board first in the second period. Off the Winnipeg clearing attempt, Alex Pietrangelo chopped at the puck to keep it in the zone. Paul Stastny gained control of the puck in the corner before sending a pass across the crease to David Backes on the far side. Backes scored over the glove of Ondrej Pavelec for his 25th goal of the season to put St. Louis in front 1-0 with 11:52 remaining in the period.
Backes is now just two goals behind his total of 27 from last season and has a four-game point streak.
The Jets managed to tie the game in the third period thanks to former Buffalo Sabres forward, Drew Stafford. Tyler Myers passed to Stafford as he carried the puck into the zone. Stafford skated to his left with the puck on his back hand as Zbynek Michalek went to one knee to cut off the passing lane. Stafford then backhanded a shot past Elliott to tie the game at one with under seven minutes remaining in regulation.
After a scoreless overtime, Winnipeg converted on two of its three opportunities. Although T.J. Oshie scored on the first attempt for St. Louis, Vladamir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen failed to score on Pavelec giving the extra point in the standings to the Jets.
The Blues enter their fourth game of this road series against the Minnesota Wild. Puck drop is set for 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Mar. 21.