Jackman Scores Game-Winner Late as Blues Defeat Jets

ST. LOUIS -- Barret Jackman's long-shot goal with 1:03 remaining in the third period enabled the St. Louis Blues to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 on Tuesday.

Jackman shot the puck from just inside the red line, and it somehow fooled Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec to give the Blues a win after the Jets rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to tie the game.

The Blues (42-19-5, 89 points) trail the Nashville Predators by two points for first place in the Central Division and have two games in hand.

St. Louis scored goals on four consecutive shots in the first and second periods.

The "STL Line" had six points, giving it 17 in the past four games. Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera each had a goal and an assist. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had two assists for the Blues, and Brian Elliott made 12 saves.

The Jets (33-22-12, 78 points) entered the game three points in front of the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference; the Kings played at the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. It was the second of a four-game trip for the Jets, who won Saturday at Nashville.

Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist, and Michael Frolik, Lee Stempniak and Blake Wheeler also scored. Michael Hutchinson, who started in goal, was pulled from the game after giving up four goals on seven shots; Pavelec made 19 saves in relief.

The Jets, who were 0-17-4 when trailing after two periods, scored three unanswered goals in the third to pull even at 4-4.

Ladd and Stempniak scored 11 seconds apart early in the period to make it 4-3. Ladd's power-play goal at 1:34 ended the Blues' streak of 17 straight kills, and Stempniak took an Adam Lowry pass and beat Elliott under the crossbar at 1:45.

The Jets tied it 4-4 on Wheeler's shorthanded goal, a slap shot from the high slot that beat Elliott high to the glove side with 5:28 left.

Frolik opened the scoring and extended his point streak to seven games with his 16th of the season off a flip pass from Ladd. Frolik beat Jori Lehtera to the puck and took a wrist shot that beat Elliott five-hole 8:50 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

It was the ninth straight game in which the Blues have allowed the first goal.

Schwartz tied it 1-1 on the power play with his 23rd of the season after Tarasenko kept a play alive at the blue line on a clearing attempt. He fed Pietrangelo, who in turn gave Schwartz a backhand pass. Schwartz's wrist shot caromed off Hutchinson's left arm and into the net with 5:40 remaining in the period.

The Blues scored in their first three shots in the second. Tarasenko scored his 33rd on a near-side wrist shot 31 seconds into the period to make it 2-1. Steve Ott's third of the season, after a nifty backhand pass from David Backes into the slot, beat Hutchinson high glove side at 10:08, and Lehtera scored 1:01 later to make it 4-1 off a tic-tac-toe passing play that began with Tarasenko's backhand stretch pass to Pietrangelo; he found Schwartz, who fed Lehtera in front for a wide-open tap-in to end Hutchinson's night.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:50WPG Michael Frolik (16) ASST: Andrew Ladd (32), Jacob Trouba (13) 1 - 0 WPG
14:20STL PPG - Jaden Schwartz (23) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (29), Vladimir Tarasenko (33) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:31STL Vladimir Tarasenko (33) ASST: Jori Lehtera (28), Chris Butler (5) 2 - 1 STL
10:08STL Steve Ott (3) ASST: David Backes (23), Ryan Reaves (5) 3 - 1 STL
11:09STL Jori Lehtera (10) ASST: Jaden Schwartz (29), Alex Pietrangelo (30) 4 - 1 STL
3rd Period
01:34WPG PPG - Andrew Ladd (23) ASST: Blake Wheeler (31), Mark Scheifele (28) 4 - 2 STL
01:45WPG Lee Stempniak (10) ASST: Adam Lowry (11), Chris Thorburn (6) 4 - 3 STL
14:32WPG SHG - Blake Wheeler (19) ASST: Tyler Myers (16) 4 - 4 Tie
18:57STL Barret Jackman (2) ASST: Robert Bortuzzo (5), David Backes (24) 5 - 4 STL
Three Stars of the Game
Jaden Schwartz
Jaden Schwartz
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:44
Steve Ott
Steve Ott
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: 1TOI: 9:09
Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:11STL Petteri Lindbohm  Holding against  Andrew Ladd
05:25STL Petteri Lindbohm  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:53WPG Tyler Myers  Roughing against  Alexander Steen
12:53WPG Tyler Myers  Holding against  Alexander Steen
12:53STL Alexander Steen  Hi-sticking against  Tyler Myers
2nd Period
03:07STL Ryan Reaves  Fighting (maj) against  Anthony Peluso
03:07WPG Anthony Peluso  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Reaves
05:01STL Chris Butler  Cross checking against  Adam Pardy
17:15STL Patrik Berglund  Hooking against  Jacob Trouba
3rd Period
00:51STL Alex Pietrangelo  Hi-sticking against  Jiri Tlusty
02:02WPG Chris Thorburn  Roughing against  Robert Bortuzzo
02:02STL Robert Bortuzzo  Roughing against  Chris Thorburn
02:02WPG Adam Lowry  Roughing against  David Backes
02:02STL David Backes  Roughing against  Adam Lowry
04:33WPG Jiri Tlusty  Too many men/ice - bench
05:03WPG Jim Slater  Slashing against  Brian Elliott
07:04WPG Jacob Trouba  Tripping against  Jaden Schwartz
13:27WPG Eric O'Dell  Instigator against  Steve Ott
13:27WPG Eric O'Dell  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
13:27STL Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Eric O'Dell
13:27WPG Eric O'Dell  Misconduct (10 min) against  Steve Ott
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/5
Faceoff Wins2744
Blocked Shots1114
Penalty Minutes3626
2A. PardyD00-11015:19
5M. StuartD0010020:20
8J. TroubaD01-12222:54
12D. StaffordR00-20016:14
14A. PelusoR00-2055:28
16A. LaddL1101020:32
17A. LowryC01-11215:26
19J. SlaterC0001210:57
20L. StempniakR1012012:37
22C. ThorburnR010027:57
23J. HarrisonD0000011:03
26B. WheelerR1112022:16
39T. EnstromD00-12023:29
55M. ScheifeleC0100020:50
57T. MyersD0101427:30
58E. O'DellC0001175:19
67M. FrolikR10-11019:07
91J. TlustyL0001014:13
31O. Pavelec1920.95027:57
34M. Hutchinson37.42931:09
4C. GunnarssonD0013018:58
5B. JackmanD1002016:44
9S. OttC101159:09
12J. LehteraC1112013:08
17J. SchwartzL1102015:44
20A. SteenL0001222:16
21P. BerglundC00-11213:27
23D. JaskinR00-11013:16
25C. ButlerD0112218:48
26P. StastnyC00-11020:58
27A. PietrangeloD0201226:33
41R. BortuzzoD0101213:18
42D. BackesR0211219:19
48P. LindbohmD0011417:45
57M. GocC0000010:06
74T. OshieR0012018:21
75R. ReavesR011056:05
91V. TarasenkoR1105017:22
1B. Elliott1216.75060:00