The Blues lost 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center. It was their fourth consecutive loss, their longest streak of the season. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

The Blues are picking one of the worst times of the year to suffer a losing streak.

They lost their fourth game in a row, their longest losing streak of the season, on Tuesday night, falling 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center. Their last three losses have all been by one goal.

The Blues have dropped to fourth place in the Central Division and have just a one-point lead over fifth place Minnesota in the race for thw two Western Conference wild card berths but the Wild have played two fewer games than the Blues.

All three of the Sharks goals came in the second period against Carter Hutton, coming on just six shots on goal. For the game the Blues out-shot the Sharks 33-23.

The Sharks led 3-1 before Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a power play with just 23 seconds left in the second period to cut the lead to 3-2. It was his 24th goal of the season, tying Brayden Schenn for the team lead.

The Blues almost tied the game with just over four minutes to play in the third period, when a shot got behind goalie Martin Jones but defenseman Brent Burns was able to sweep the puck away before it crossed the goal line.

The Blues pulled Hutton in favor of an extra attacker for the final 2:21 but could not come up with the tying goal.

Ivan Barbashev scored the first goal for the Blues, temporarily tying the game early in the second period.

Looking ahead:
The Blues jump back into divisional play for their next three games, beginning with a home game against Winnipeg on Friday night. They play at Nashville on Sunday, then go to Minnesota for a game next Tuesday.