Game Report: Stars 4, Blues 2

For a few minutes in the third period of Friday night’s game in Dallas, there was a positive outlook for the Blues. Vladimir Tarasenko finally scored a goal, and the Blues were just five minutes away from a victory.

That feeling didn’t make it until the end of the game, however.

The Stars scored three times in the final 4:50 of the game, including an empty-net goal, to send the Blues to their seventh loss in their last nine games.

Trailing 1-0 going into the third period, the Blues tied the game on Tarasenko’s first goal in six games and his first even-strength goal in regulation since Nov. 21.

Just 65 seconds later, Tage Thompson put the Blues ahead with his second career goal, beating goalie Ben Bishop.

The goals came after Blues goalie Jake Allen was knocked down in a collision with Colton Parayko and had to leave the game to go through the league’s concussion protocol. Allen was replaced for just over nine minutes by Carter Hutton before he was cleared to return to the ice.

Jamie Benn’s goal with 4:50 to play tied the game, followed by two goals from Alexander Radulov, the first coming on a power-play after Joel Edmundson was called for roughing and also given a 10-minute misconduct penalty. That goal came with 2:21 to play and with Allen off the ice, he sealed the victory with the empty-net goal 42 seconds later.

The Blues once again struggled on the power play, going 0-for-4, including failing to score when they had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:37 early in the second period. The Blues are now 0-for-6 this season when they had a 5-on-3 power play.

Bishop stopped 35 of 37 shots by the Blues to earn just his second career win against his hometown team.

Looking ahead: The Blues won’t have long to think about the loss, returning home to host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.