Vladimir Tarasenko's goal in overtime gave the Blues a 4-3 win Monday night over the Dallas Stars at Scottrade Center. (Scott Rovak/St. Louis Blues)

By Rob Rains

For the second game in a row, the Blues lost a late lead Monday night at Scottrade Center before coming back to win the game in overtime.

That is not a trend they want to continue.

The Blues led 3-2 with 50 seconds left in the game before Jamie Oleksiak scored his second goal of the game after the Dallas Stars pulled their goalie, tying the game and sending it to overtime.

There, Vladimir Tarasenko won it for the Blues with his 10th goal of the season 3:24 into the extra session.

In their previous game on Saturday night, the Blues allowed a tying goal by Minnesota with 1:08 left in regulation before winning the game in a shootout.

“It’s frustrating, it just seems like we can’t get any bounces,” said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. “We all tried so hard to clear the puck that nobody cleared it and those always come back to haunt you. But just like the last game we got the two points and we’ll take those.”

Coach Ken Hitchcock agreed it is a problem which needs to get fixed.

“There’s a real concern about the leads, about what we gave up and how we did it,” Hitchcock said. “There’s a lot of good things to like with what is going on right now, you like our spirit, our ability to come back, but there’s some genuine concerns on my part about some elements of our game that they don’t hurt you at home but they’ll kill you on the road.”

The win was the fifth in a row for the Blues at home and left them with a 10-1-2 record in their building this season, including an 8-0-2 record in their last 10 games.

The Blues built an early 2-0 lead against the Stars on a goal by Robby Fabbri in the first period and by Pietrangelo in the second period, on a power-play, before the Stars came back to tie the game. Oleksiak cut the lead to 2-1 at 16:21 of the second period before Jamie Benn tied in on a power play 1:47 into the third period.

David Perron, one of the hottest players in the NHL, put the Blues ahead 3-2 with his goal off a pass from Jaden Schwartz at 13:12 of the third period.

The goal extended Perron’s personal point-streak to eight games, the longest current streak in the NHL, while Schwartz has at least one point in his last seven games.
Perron said the Blues had confidence going into overtime, despite blowing the late lead again.

“We’re able to regroup pretty quickly,” he said.

The loss dropped the Stars to 1-6 in overtime this season.

“We left coverage on the last goal,” said coach Lindy Ruff. “It was simple as that. We made some mistakes on coverage. We tried some different personnel. It's been a lot of different things but most of it has been coverage mistakes.”

The Stars, who had won their previous game against Vancouver, failed again in their attempt to win consecutive gams and try to start putting a streak together. They have won two games in a row only once this season.

“We got a point. I guess it’s a positive,” Benn said. “Overtime is killing us right now. We have the game plan going into overtime and it's just up to us to execute. It's obvious that we didn't do that. We leave a pretty good player wide open on the back side.”

That player, Tarasenko, has scored six overtime goals since he entered the league in the 2012-13 season, tied for the third most in the NHL. He was not made available to the media after the game.

NOTES: The Blues kept the same lineup from their last game on Saturday night, with RW Ty Rattie continuing to play in place of RW Nail Yakupov. ... LW Alexander Steen and D Joel Edmundson (upper-body injuries) participated in the Blues' morning skate on Monday but were not ready to return to the lineup. ... The Blues' homestand continues with a game Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.