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Blues erase two-goal deficit, beat Jets 4-3 on late goal from Stastny

WINNIPEG — Paul Stastny scored with 3:38 left in regulation as the St. Louis Blues fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday.

After Jets forward Mark Scheifele hit the post, the Blues moved the puck the other way and Vladimir Tarasenko fed a pass across to Stastny and he put a shot off the post and past rookie goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

Alexander Steen and Tarasenko each scored on the power play and Troy Brouwer also had a goal for St. Louis (18-10-4) while Jake Allen stopped 33 shots. Steen, Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk each added a pair of assists.

The loss halted a three-game home winning streak the Jets (14-15-2), who got goals from Scheifele, Chris Thorburn and Drew Stafford. Hellebuyck made 22 saves in his third straight start for Winnipeg.

Tyler Myers and Mathieu Perreault each picked up a pair of assists and Scheifele added one.

Winnipeg had a 3-1 lead in the second period before the Blues mounted their comeback.

The Jets scored with their first shot on goal when Myers' point shot was deflected by Scheifele for his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 4:10 of the first period.

St. Louis tied it 16 seconds into the second period with Brouwer's wrist shot from near the top of the circle. David Backes picked up the assist, extending his season-high point streak to five games with three goals and three assists.

Winnipeg regained the lead on a good effort by Blake Wheeler.

Wheeler missed the net on a breakaway shot, but got the puck along the boards and fed a pass to Thorburn, who fired a one-timer by Allen at 5:54 for his fifth of the season.

Stafford made it 3-1 at 8:30 with his 11th of the season, but then Jets forward Adam Lowry was sent to the box for a holding call that drew catcalls from the crowd at MTS Centre.

Steen scored his 11th goal with a long blast straight at Hellebuyck to make it 3-2 at 18:25.

Scheifele then took penalties for roughing and cross-checking and Taresenko netted his 19th goal of the season at the 51-second mark of the third period to tie the game.

The Blues went 2 for 3 on the power play and killed off both of Winnipeg's chances with the man advantage. Their penalty kill is now 20 for 20 in thieir last nine games.

The Jets host the New York Rangers on Friday. St. Louis host Nashville on Thursday.

Notes: Thorburn was playing in his 594th game for the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers' franchise — tying Ilya Kovalchuk's record.

Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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