Game Report: Stars 6, Blues 2

By Nicholas Hand

The lack of offense and an undisciplined third period by the Blues provided the recipe for St. Louis’ second consecutive regulation loss as the Stars topped the Blues Thursday night in Dallas.

Tyler Seguin highlighted the night for the Stars with a four-assist performance as the Stars put the game away with four goals in the third period.

A scoreless and even first period featured each team attempting eight shots on goal without success on an ice surface that was producing bouncing pucks throughout the night.

Patrick Eaves gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 6:35 of the second period as a Seguin shot deflected off his body in front of Blues goaltender Jake Allen and into the net.

A fortunate bounce evened the score as Paul Stastny was able to recover a bouncing puck in front of the net and sweep it past Stars netminder Antti Niemi at 11:26. Alex Pietrangelo and Alexander Steen also assisted on the goal.

The Stars regained a one-goal lead just 31 seconds later as Allen stoned a Jamie Benn breakaway but was hung out to dry and Benn controlled the rebound and sent a pass to John Klingberg, who whistled a wrist shot past a diving Allen.

Undisciplined play came at a major cost for the Blues as Joel Edmundson took two minor penalties in the opening minutes of the third period.

The Blues killed off the initial crosschecking minor but Edmundson took exception and ran Johnny Oduya coming out of the penalty box as a delayed slashing minor was also being assessed to Pietrangelo.

Stephen Johns scored on the delayed penalty call at 3:40 and the Blues were still shorthanded due to Edmundson’s careless penalty.

After a Jamie Benn high-sticking double minor penalty created four-on-four hockey, Kevin Shattenkirk took an offensive zone tripping penalty putting the Stars on a four-on-three man advantage.

Just 26 seconds into the power play, Spezza gave the Stars a 4-1 lead with Seguin earning his fourth assist of the night.

Steen appeared to cut the lead to two goals off a rebound with an open net but a Stars challenge for goaltender inference proved that Patrik Berglund made contact with Niemi, negating the goal.

Pietrangelo cut the Dallas lead to 4-2 with 9:33 remaining with a quick shot with Niemi down. Stastny and Jaskin assisted.

Klingberg scored his second of the night into an empty net at 16:30 and Jordie Benn scored again on a deflected slapshot 17 seconds later for the 6-2 final.

Of Note: The disallowed goal by Steen would have been the 200th goal of his NHL career… The Blues have now lost two games in a row in regulation for the first time this season.

Between the Pipes: Allen allowed five goals on 26 shots, the second consecutive game he has allowed four or more goals against. Niemi made 24 saves in the victory.

Looking Ahead:
The Blues will play back to back games at Scottrade Center this weekend, facing the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 6 p.m. game on Saturday and the Colorado Avalance at 4 p.m. on Sunday.