St. Louis Blues

Tarasenko scores in OT to lift Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 3:54 of a whistle-free overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 6-5, come-from-behind win over Chicago on Wednesday night, handing the defending champion Blackhawks their first home loss this season.

Tarasenko, who also had an assist, beat Corey Crawford on the glove side from the slot for his seventh goal after taking a nifty behind-the-back centering pass from Alex Pietrangelo.

Alexander Steen scored twice goals, and Robby Fabbri, Jay Bouwmeester and David Backes each had a goal and an assist in regulation for St. Louis, which allowed more than three goals for the first time this season.

Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw each had a goal and an assist and Marko Dano — recalled from the minors on Monday — got his first goal to help the Blackhawks take a 5-2 lead after one period. Chicago hadn’t scored more than four times in a game this season.

After a sloppy start that saw them fall behind by three in the first period, the Blues roared back tied it at 5-5 in the second on goals by Steen, Bouwmeester and Backes.

Steen scored his second goal of the game on a deflection at 3:11 of the second to trim Chicago’s lead to 5-3.

Left wide open, Bouwmeester got a power-play goal from the hashmarks with 2:48 left in the second. Backes tied it with 34 seconds remaining, fooling Crawford with a shot from a sharp angle.

Shaw scored on a penalty shot against St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott, who was pulled twice in the first period and gave up four goals on 15 shots. Jake Allen entered the game for a second time with 2:16 left in the first and finished with 27 saves.

Elliott left briefly at 6:35 of the first after allowing three goals on Chicago’s first six shots. He returned to the net after 41 seconds and speaking with coach Ken Hitchcock on the bench.

Elliott went to the dressing room with 2:16 remaining in the first and 35 seconds after permitting Seabrook’s goal that made it 4-2. Elliott didn’t return to the bench, but the Blues didn’t disclose why.

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