The new year began with what could be a very positive development for the Blues.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored one of the Blues’ two goals in regulation and also scored in the shootout as the Blues earned a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Scottrade Center.

Tarasenko has been mired in a scoring slump, at least by his high standards, with just four goals in his previous 19 games but he has now scored twice in his last three games.

Tarasenko’s 17th goal of the season midway through the first period came off the rebound of a shot by Scottie Upshall, playing again on a line with Brayden Schenn and Tarasenko.

After the Devils tied the game, Vladimir Sobtoka put the Blues ahead 2-1 when he deflected a shot by Tage Thompson into the net with 1:52 left in the second period.

The Devils came back again on a power-play goal by Taylor Hall early in the third period, nine seconds after Alexander Steen was called for tripping.

Carter Hutton, getting his second consecutive start in goal, made 24 saves for the Blues, including a big save in the overtime that sent the game to a shootout.

In the shootout, the Blues got goals from Schenn and Tarasenko while Hutton stopped both New Jersey attempts to secure the Blues’ ninth consecutive win over the Devils.

The Blues are 3-0 in shootouts this year, scoring on five of their six shots, including all three by Schenn and two by Tarasenko.

Hutton raised his record to 11-3 with a 1.88 goals against average.

Looking ahead:
The Blues will host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night, the expansion team’s first game in St. Louis.