Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Brian Elliott made 26 saves in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.
Tarasenko gave the Blues a 3-2 lead on a delayed penalty midway through the third period, firing a shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec and into the corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.
Scottie Upshall and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for St. Louis. The Blues have won four straight to improve to 5-1-0.
Nikolaj Ehlers and Mathieu Perreault scored for Winnipeg, and Pavelec stopped 37 shots. The Jets dropped to 4-2-0.
Tarasenko opened the scoring at 3:27 of the second with a nifty move and a perfectly placed shot over Pavelec’s glove hand.
The Jets responded 1:04 later on a power play with Upshall in the box for high-sticking. Blake Wheeler, working down below the red line behind Elliott, found a wide-open Perreault fort a one-timer.
The Blues regained the lead at 9:42 on Upshall’s goal. Pavelec made the initial stop on Dmitrij Jaskin, who flipped his own rebound through the crease to Upshall.
The Jets struck again on the power play with 7:33 left in the period. Ehlers shot from the point deflected off Drew Stafford’s elbow and into the top corner of the net.
Tarasenko broke the tied at 9:50 of the third, and Gunnarsson added a power-play goal with 1:07 left.
NOTES: The Blues will finish their six-game trip at Montreal on Tuesday night. … The Jets will open a four-game trip at Tampa Bay on Friday night.