By Nicholas Hand

The Blues continued their success on the road with a gritty overtime win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night in Toronto. The Blues have started the five-game road trip with a 3-0-0 record but lost their number one center, Paul Stastny, to a lower-body injury.

Patrik Berglund scored in the first period and Vladimir Tarasenko ended the game just 20 seconds into overtime.

Jake Allen made 31 saves for the Blues and appears to be turning the corner after struggling mightily during the first half of the season.

The game started with an early burst by the Leafs in which Allen made a save on a William Nylander slap shot that was followed by defenseman Connor Carrick hitting the post just seconds later less than two minutes in.

The Blues took a 1-0 lead on Berglund’s 14th goal of the season 4:15 into the first period.

Berglund’s shot followed a blocked Magnus Paajarvi attempt which Berglund found in the slot and beat Leafs’ starting goaltender Frederik Andersen going the other way as he crossed his creased.

The second period saw the Blues lose their number one center to injury when Stastny’s skate got tied up in open ice with Toronto center Nazem Kadri. Stastny stayed on the bench for several minutes after the collision, but after testing his skating during a TV timeout, decided to leave the bench and did not return with a lower-body injury.

Coach Mike Yeo said after the game that he had no update on Stastny’s condition.

Toronto evened the score with just 1:04 remaining in the second period on Morgan Rielly’s second goal of the season on a rebound following a terrific rush by Kadri who created the opportunity. Allen made the save on Kadri but a rebound popped out to Rielly’s stick who was able to bury the opportunity.

The Blues survived the third period and forced overtime behind the goaltending of Allen who made 14 saves including a game-saver on Leo Komarov in front of the net with less than six seconds remaining.

Komarov pushed Allen’s leg pads and the puck over the goal line after the referee whistled the play dead with Allen having the puck covered with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

Jori Lehtera won the opening faceoff in the three-on-three overtime session and the Blues never lost control as Kevin Shattenkirk and Lehtera set up Tarasenko to enter the offensive zone with speed.

Tarasenko made a move around two Leafs skaters and snapped a wrist shot past Andersen just inside the bar to give the Blues a 2-1 win with his 26th goal of the season.

The win pulled the Blues into the third playoff seed in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Nashville Predators. The Blues (61 points) have played 55 games, one more than Nashville.

Of Note: The Blues registered 40 shots on goal on Thursday night with Berglund leading the Blues with five. All six of the Blues defensemen had at least two shots on goal… With Stastny’s injury, Berglund also led all Blues forwards with 19:57 of ice time. Allen has now won three of his last four starts posting a .960 save percentage in those four contests.

Looking Ahead: The Blues continue the five-game road trip on Saturday night in Montreal against the Canadiens.