ST. LOUIS — As the hit song by Alicia Keys goes, Chris Stewart and goalie Jake Allen are on fire.
Both players figured prominently in the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, but they got help from Vladimir Sobotka as well.
Sobotka pounced on a turnover from Anaheim's Teemu Selanne and immediately headed toward the goal. Showing remarkable patience, Sobotka waited until two Ducks players took themselves out of the play and then found Stewart open in front.
Stewart did the rest, again showing patience before faking Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and depositing a quick backhander into the net 45 seconds into the overtime period.
It was Stewart's team-leading 14th goal and he has erupted for seven goals and 14 points in the last seven games.
"He looked off about three guys there," Stewart said of the shifty Sobotka. "By the time he passed it to me, no one knew what was going to happen. I like to get the puck in tight, I had a nice power move and put it home.
"Put me in tight there, there's not many times I'm gonna miss. Sobe did all the work. His hockey sense for the game is unbelievable."
Allen stopped 27 of 28 shots, pushing his record to 8-1 and adding another chapter to his already remarkable story. Coming off a 3-0 shutout Thursday against Phoenix, he was just as sharp against one of the NHL hottest teams two days later.
Anaheim (20-4-3) had won five straight and was unbeaten in its last nine. The Blues were playing without star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (out with the flu) and winger T.J. Oshie (upper body).
That mattered little to Allen, who is building quite a home in net with the Blues.
During his five-game winning streak, the 22-year-old rookie has stopped 129 of 138 shots. His goals-against average is now 2.18 and his save percentage has climbed to .920.
Allen robbed the Ducks time and time again, with several of his toughest saves coming in the second and third periods.
"When you've got goaltending like this it gives you a chance to win every night," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He makes hard saves look routine, which to me calms everybody down on the bench. As good as he was against Phoenix, he was way better than that tonight. He was excellent.
"This is the best I've seen him play -- and we needed him badly. Both goalies were really good."
Allen flashed his leg pad over to take away the empty net that Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano was staring at early in the second period.
Allen stopped Peter Holland in front with 5:28 left in the second period, then showed a quick glove hand when he snared a shot off the stick of Cam Fowler a little over two minutes later.
The Ducks had no better luck against Allen in the third with sparkling stops of Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey.
Through it all, he showed little emotion and displays an eerily calm disposition on the ice for a rookie playing in his 11th NHL game.
"I think it's in his disposition, but he spent three years riding buses," Hitchcock said. "He's not going away easy. He's not going to give up the net; he's paid his dues. He knows he's good enough to play and he's not going to give up anything.
"Somebody's going to have to take it."
The Ducks (20-4-3) took the lead with 19.5 seconds remaining in the first period on a deflection by Saku Koivu.
Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, who returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a concussion, set up the tying goal on a power play.
He tapped a pass off the boards to Kris Russell, who blasted a one-timer past Hiller from the right point. It was Russell's first goal this year.
Tarasenko played right wing on a line with Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz.
Tarasenko, 21, had six goals and 12 assists in his first 17 NHL games. Oshie suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday after making a check along the boards against San Jose.
Playing in his 300th game, Sobotka had the turnover that led to Stewart's goal and a team-leading four hits.
"Sobe played a heck of a hockey game, he had a major role today in the way we played," Hitchcock said.