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National Hockey League
St. Louis 4, Dallas 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 17, 2021
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, Mitch Hunt
Attendance: 16852

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice to power the St. Louis Blues past the visiting Dallas Stars 4-1 Friday night and give coach Craig Berube a nice 56th birthday present.

Ivan Barbashev had a goal and an assist and Logan Brown also scored for the Blues, who extended their unbeaten streak at home to nine games (8-0-1).

Pavel Buchnevich had two assists for the Blues, who swept their home-and-home series with the Stars this week. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 26 saves to earn the victory.

Lindgren, who has been filling in for Jordan Binnington (COVID-19 protocol) and Ville Husso (lower-body injury), became the second goaltender to start his Blues career 5-0-0.

Jason Robertson scored and goaltender Braden Holtby made 30 saves for the Stars, who suffered their fifth straight loss.

The Blues broke the scoreless tie at 3:35 of the second period when Colton Parayko took a pass from Ryan O'Reilly and pounded a slap shot on goal from above the right circle. Brown gathered in the rebound to beat Holtby with a one-on-one move at the right post.

Tarasenko pushed the Blues' lead to 2-0 with just 11 seconds left in the second period.

Barbashev brought the puck from behind the Dallas net for a jam-in attempt that didn't go. Buchnevich took a whack at the puck, but it bounced away from the net. Tarasenko managed to corral it and fire a turnaround shot through Holbty.

Buchenvich got a shorthanded breakaway 6:16 into the third period, then a penalty shot after getting hooked on that play -- but Holtby stopped both attempts to keep the Stars within reach.

Robertson cut the Dallas deficit to 2-1. John Klingberg fired a shot from the right point through traffic and the rebound went to Robertson for the weak-side conversion.

But Tarasenko's power-play goal from the right circle with 4:23 left restored the two-goal Blues advantage and Barbashev's empty-net goal iced the game.

Tarasenko has four goals and five assists in his last six games.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Dallas   St. Louis
Jason Robertson 1 Points Vladimir Tarasenko 2
Jason Robertson 1 Goals Vladimir Tarasenko 2
John Klingberg 1 Assists Pavel Buchnevich 2
N/A Power Play Goals Vladimir Tarasenko 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Braden Holtby .909 Save Percentage Charlie Lindgren .963
Braden Holtby 30 Saves Charlie Lindgren 26
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 27 1 0-3 1-2 4 32
St. Louis 34 4 1-2 3-3 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Blues have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .615 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Stars have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .357 after a loss.