Blues rally past Blue Jackets in OT for third win in row
- David Perron scored a power-play goal eight seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Enterprise Center on Friday.
- Ryan O’Reilly won the period-opening face-off to Alex Pietrangelo and skated into the left circle before passing to Perron in the right circle.
- Perron pulled the puck to the inside of Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski before scoring with a wrist shot.
“We know there’s eight seconds (remaining on the power play entering overtime), and I talked to [O’Reilly] and said, ‘Let’s get it going up the ice if we can,'” said Perron, who also had an assist. “I kind of got caught in between because we also had a breakout in case it went a little deeper there. I kind of just went back for a second, and I went back in the [offensive] zone, and [Pietrangelo] found me with a nice pass. We were able to get two points here tonight, which is big.”
- Robert Thomas, Brayden Schenn and Oskar Sundqvist scored, and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for the Blues (8-3-3), who won their third straight game and are 5-1-0 in their past six.
“We know we can play better,” Schenn said. “We’re grinding out wins right now, letting teams hang around. Columbus is a good team, but we feel like we didn’t play our best hockey game tonight, but we were able to get the two points tonight, and we’ll take it.”
- Pierre-Luc Dubois and Oliver Bjorkstrand each had a goal and an assist, Sonny Milano scored, and Elvis Merzlikins made 23 saves for the Blue Jackets (5-5-3), who are winless in their past three (0-2-1).
“We played a lot better, more competitive on pucks,” Columbus defenseman Seth Jones said. “We did more simple plays, played more direct.”
- Perron reached 300 NHL assists on Schenn’s goal.
- He has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past three games and 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 43 games against Columbus. …
- Schenn has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games and 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 22 games against the Blue Jackets. …
- St. Louis is 6-0-3 when scoring first. …
- Dubois extended his point streak to five games (six points; three goals, three assists). …
- Bjorkstrand’s assist on Milano’s goal was his 100th NHL point. …
- The Blue Jackets are 0-5-3 when allowing the first goal.
- As part of Hockey Fights Cancer night the Blues honored Fred Seiller, who is battling cancer, with a video and him ringing the ceremonial bell
Sources & Credits: Louie Korac / NHL.com, STL Blues, CLB Blue Jackets