St. Louis Blues

Tarasenko hat trick gets Blues past Wild to even series

Vladimir Tarasenko scored three goals for his first NHL playoff hat trick and Patrik Berglund added another as the St. Louis Blues evened their playoff series against Minnesota with a 4-1 victory Saturday at Scottrade Center.

Tarasenko scored twice in the first period, then added a late empty net goal to give him seven goals in his last eight playoff games. Berglund forced a turnover and scored with 1:58 remaining to clinch the win as Blues goaltender Jake Allen collected his first career playoff win.

The Blues and Wild are tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series.

Turning point: Tarasenko scored two goals in just under four minutes late in the opening period, putting the Blues on top 2-0.

By the numbers: Tarasenko continues to pile up playoff goals at a staggering pace. He had four last season in a first-round loss to Chicago and tacked on three more Saturday. His hat trick was the Blues’ first in the playoffs since Mike Sillinger on April 12, 2004 against San Jose.

Net result: Allen made several key stops, but got much help from David Backes when a shot by Charlie Coyle hit the crossbar, bounced off of Allen's back and then was whisked away at the goal line by Backes.

Up next: St. Louis at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Monday (series tied 1-1)