Posted with permission from The Sports Xchange
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Scheifele scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Blues.
The win was the fifth in a row on the road for the Jets against a Central Division opponent and their seventh consecutive victory overall against a division opponent. The Jets improved to 12-4-1 within the division this season.
The Blues lost their fourth straight home game in regulation, the first time they have done that since losing six in a row in 2006. The loss was the fifth in their last six games for the Blues and kept coach Ken Hitchcock at 781 career wins, one away from tying Al Arbour for third on the NHL's all-time list.
The Jets carried a 3-2 lead into the final period and got an insurance goal when Jacob Trouba's shot went off the skate of Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and into the net 3:33 into the period. They needed that goal when Pietrangelo scored with 13 seconds left to cut the lead to 4-3 before Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal with three seconds left.
Two Winnipeg goals, one in the final minute of the first period and the second in the opening minute of the second period, wiped out a 1-0 Blues lead.
Scheifele tied the game with his 23rd goal of the season with 31 seconds left in the first period, working a perfect 2-on-1 give-and-go with Wheeler. A goal from Alexander Steen 3:37 into the game put the Blues in front, the first time in nine home games the Blues scored the first goal.
Only 22 seconds into the second period, Patrik Laine also scored his 23rd goal of the season to put the Jets in front, with Scheifele earning the assist.
The Jets increased the lead to 3-1 on a power-play goal by Nikolaj Ehlers at 5:53 of the second period. The goal came only seven seconds into a tripping penalty on the Blues' Paul Stastny, and gave the Jets their three goals on 11 shots against goalie Jake Allen.
Allen was making his first start since Jan. 19. He was pulled in each of his last three starts, allowing 10 goals on 36 shots. His last win came in the Jan. 2 Winter Classic game at Busch Stadium.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 22nd goal of the year with 52 seconds left in the second period to pull the Blues within 3-2.
NOTES: RW Nail Yakupov replaced RW Dmitrij Jaskin in the Blues' lineup. Yakupov had played in only one of the team's last four games while Jaskin was scratched for the second time since Jan. 12. ... The Blues also made one change on defense, inserting D Carl Gunnarsson into the lineup in place of D Robert Bortuzzo. ... C Mathieu Perreault missed his third consecutive game for the Jets because of an upper-body injury, but could play in Thursday night's game in Dallas, the second stop on a three-game trip. ... Healthy scratches for the Jets were D Julian Melchiori and G Michael Hutchinson. ... The Blues' home game Thursday night against Toronto will start an hour later than normal, at 8 p.m. CT, because of a pregame ceremony to retire the No. 5 jersey of former D Bob Plager.