Vladimir Tarasenko tied it early in the third period and T.J. Oshie had the lone goal in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a tougher-than-expected 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Jake Allen allowed one goal after replacing Brian Elliott after the Hurricanes scored on three of their first 10 shots and took a 3-1 lead.

The Blues have won four in a row but got a tough matchup from Carolina, in last place in the Metropolitan Division. St. Louis had won each of the previous three by five or more goals for the first time in franchise history.

Oshie beat Cam Ward to open the shootout with his characteristic slow-motion approach.

Carolina, 3-1-1 in January after a 3-10-1 December, got goals from Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner, Eric Stahl and Riley Nash.