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Backes has 2 goals, assist to lead Blues in 3-2 win over Jets

ST. LOUIS — David Backes had two goals and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal and an assist to help St. Louis snap a two-game skid. Jake Allen made 16 saves and Kevin Shattenkirk added two assists.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock moved Backes up to the first line with wingers Tarasenko and Alexander Steen on Monday and the trio accounted for three goals and three assists.

Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little scored and Michael Hutchinson finished with 25 saves for the Jets, who have lost five straight.

The Blues scored twice in the first period. Tarasenko got his 11th of the season on a wrister from the slot, assisted by Colton Parayko and Backes, just 5:33 into the game. Backes then scored on a power play, assisted by Shattenkirk and Tarasenko, with 5:47 left in the period.

The Jets answered with two goals early in the second period. Byfluglien scored on a long shot that appeared to ricochet off teammate Anthony Peluso and into the net at 2:16. Then Little scored from the slot just 36 seconds later, his ninth goal of the season, after a nice pass from Mathieu Perreault.

St. Louis took back the lead late in the period when Backes scored his second of the game on a little backhanded flip after a give-and-go with Alexander Steen.

The Jets pulled Hutchinson late in the third period for an extra attacker but weren't able to tie the game in the final minutes.

NOTES: The Blues recalled F Jeremy Welsh from their AHL affiliate on Sunday. He made his St. Louis debut on Monday, appearing in his 26th career NHL game and first since the 2013-14 season. ... Blues F Steve Ott (upper body injury) missed his fifth straight game.

The Associated Press

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