The Blues gave up three goals in 62 seconds Tuesday night in a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Scottrade Center. (Scott Rovak/St. Louis Blues)

By Rob Rains

It’s probably a good thing the Blues won’t have to worry about playing the Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs.

The Jets got two goals from Patrik Laine, the first igniting a three-goal outburst in 62 seconds early in the second period, and went on to a 5-2 win over the Blues Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.

The win was the fifth in a row by the Jets, who also completed a season sweep of the five games against the Blues this year. The Jets won four games in regulation and once in overtime, outscoring the Blues by a combined margin of 21-10.

“They’ve got a lot of really good speedy forwards and they made us pay,” said Blues goalie Jake Allen. “I don’t think we've matcher their speed all year. We couldn't contain their speed or their skill.

“They’ve got a good team over there. I'm sort of surprised they're not a playoff team. They took it to us all year.”

All Blake Wheeler knows is that he wishes the Jets could have played as well against other teams this year as they did against this Blues, which would have made them a playoff team.

“These guys, they’ve been such a good team over the last number of years and I think they bring out the best in us,” Wheeler said. “Our preparation coming into a game against St. Louis, we know what kind of game it’s going to be. It’s going to be a tough matchup. We’ve played a lot of really close games with them over the years and this year we kind of got the puck to bounce our way.”

The Jets were trailing 1-0 on a goal by Alex Pietrangelo 35 seconds into the game when they took control of the game early in the second period. Laine scored off a rebound 1:47 into the period and Nikolaj Ehlers followed with a goal off a wraparound just 14 seconds later.

The third goal came 48 seconds later when a shot by Mark Stuart deflected off the Blues’ Kyle Brodziak and into the net.

The Blues pulled within 3-2 on a goal by Jori Lehtera at 4:38, but a controversial goal early in the third period snapped any chance of a Blues’ comeback.

Allen appeared to make a dazzling glove save on a shot by Mark Scheifele but the play was reviewed and the call on the ice was reversed, giving Schieifele his 31st goal of the season.

“Apparently we've got satellites in Mars that can see that or it could have been a different game,” Allen said. “The league did their thing. I have no control on the review. You don’t really hope for nothing unless you are sure it was not in the net. It was right there but how they could actually see the puck …”

Laine later added his second goal, his 36th of the season, to complete the victory.
It was the first time the Blues allowed five goals in a game since the Jets also scored five on Jan. 31. The Blues fired coach Ken Hitchcock the next day.

Despite the loss, the Blues remained a point ahead of the Nashville Predators for third place in the Central Division. The Predators picked up one point on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 to the New York Islanders in overtime.

Coach Mike Yeo won’t have to worry about this loss affecting his job status, but he is concerned about the Blues bounce back and play in their final three games of the regular season.

“I didn’t think we made things difficult on them (the Jets) at all with how we defended, how we attacked,” Yeo said. “We were too easy to defend tonight.

“We’re still pushing here. We can’t be satisfied or happy with that game tonight and I don’t believe anybody is. We all recognize we weren’t good enough. It’s one thing to know that, it[s another to bounce back. “

NOTES: The last time the Blues were winless in a season against an opponent it faced five or more times was in the 2005-06 season, against the Predators. ... Jori Lehtera was back in the lineup after missing 12 games because of a concussion. He played left wing in taking the place of Dmitrij Jaskin. ... The Blues still don't know if Paul Stastny will be able to play before the end of the regular season or perhaps the first round of the playoffs. He is recovering from a lower-body injury, believed to be a broken foot, suffered March 21. ... The Blues remaining games are Thursday night in Florida, Saturday in Carolina and Sunday at home against Colorado.