WINNIPEG — Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice as the St. Louis Blues downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Tarasenko's second goal of the game — and fifth of the season — proved to be the winner as the dynamic forward fired a shot past Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and into the corner of the net on a delayed penalty late in the third period.
Scottie Upshall and Carl Gunnarsson also scored for the Blues (5-1-0), who extended their winning streak to four games.
Nikolaj Ehlers and Mathieu Perreault had goals for the Jets (4-2-0).
Brian Elliott made 26 saves for his fourth win of the year.
Pavelec turned aside 37 shots, picking up his second loss.
There were just as many fisticuffs as scoring chances in the first period as both the Jets and Blues renewed their feisty, rough and tumble Central Division rivalry at MTS Centre.
Kyle Brodziak had perhaps the best chance of the period as the Blues forward had a wide open in front of him, but Pavelec reached across to make the save rob the Blues of a late first period lead.
But the floodgates wouldn't remain closed for long.
Tarasenko opened the scoring for the Blues with a nifty move and a perfectly placed shot over Pavelec's glove hand for his fourth on the season.
The Jets responded 1:04 later on the 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, who made no mistake firing home the one-time shot for his first of the season.
The Blues regained the lead before the midway point of the second through Upshall's second of the year. Pavelec made the initial stop on Dmitrij Jaskin, who flipped his own rebound through the crease to Upshall, who only had to tap the puck across the line for the 2-1 lead.
The Jets struck again on the power play before the period ended. Ehlers let a seeing-eye shot go from the point that took a deflection off the elbow of Drew Stafford and caromed into the top corner of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
Tarasenko's winner and a late power-play goal from Gunnarsson clinched the win for St. Louis.
The Blues cap off their six-game road trip with a stop in Montreal to face the Canadiens Tuesday night.
The Jets get a few nights off before beginning on four-game road swing in Tampa Bay to face the Lightning Friday night.
Scott Billeck, The Canadian Press