Game Report: Blues 3, Islanders 2 (shootout)

For the second time in as many road games this season, the Blues let a two-goal lead get away in the third period in Monday’s afternoon game in New York against the Islanders.

Just as was the case in the season-opener last week in Pittsburgh, however, the Blues recovered in time to still get the win.

Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the shootout and the Islanders could not score on either of their two chances against Jake Allen as the Blues improved to 3-0 to start the season.

It’s only the fifth time in franchise history the Blues have begun a year by winning their first three games. They also won their first three games last year.

The Blues built their 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Tarasenko, his second and third of the season, before the Islanders came back to tie the game and send it to overtime on a goal with one minute left in the third period after pulling their goalie in favor of an extra attacker.

The Blues had a chance to win the game in the overtime but saw a shot from Alex Pietrangelo go off the crossbar.

The game was scoreless until the middle of the second period after the Blues were able to kill off a double-minor penalty for crosschecking against Robert Bortuzzo, which included a stretch of 1:23 when the Islanders had a 5-on-3 advantage because of a slashing penalty on Carl Gunnarsson.

Tarasenko’s first goal came at 9:38 of the period on a backhanded shot, with Paul Stastny earning the lone assist.

The second goal from Tarasenko came on a power-play at 15:34. New York challenged that the play was offside but after a video review the goal was allowed to stand.

Allen stopped all 23 Islanders shots through the first two periods before they cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Andrew Ladd at 13:04 of the final period when his shot got past Allen, who was screened on the play.

The tying goal came from Anders Lee off a rebound. The Islanders fired 16 shots at Allen in the third period and a total of 42 in the game.

Worth noting:
Allen has allowed only two goals in the first two periods of his three games to start the season but has now given up six in the third period … The Blues were 1-of-6 on the power-play but killed off all six power-play chances for the Islanders … There were two lineup changes for the Blues, with Ivan Barbishev and Wade Megan inserted in place of Oskar Sundqvist and Chris Thorburn.

Looking ahead: The game started a four-game trip for the Blues, who will stay in New York Tuesday night to play the Rangers.