Perron scores in overtime, Blues beat Stars 3-2
DALLAS – David Perron put in a wraparound goal at 1:55 of overtime, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
On a delayed penalty, Perron picked up a loose puck to the left of the net, skated behind it and scored from the right side before Dallas goalie Antti Niemi could recover.
St. Louis' Patrik Berglund had tied the game 2-2 with 31 seconds left in the second period. Jaden Schwartz scored in the first period for the Blues and Jake Allen had 36 saves.
Jason Spezza scored for a 2-1 lead less than a minute before Berglund tied the game, and assisted on Patrick Eaves' power-play goal in the first period.
Niemi finished with 19 saves.
In the closing minutes of regulation, Dallas' Johnny Oduya and the Blues' Jori Lehtera had good scoring chances.
The Blues killed the first penalty in a double-minor for high-sticking to Vladimir Tarasenko, but Eaves scored 16 seconds into the second at 7:04 of the first period. Spezza led Eaves with an easy pass into the right faceoff circle. He drilled a shot past a screen by Tyler Seguin and off Allen into the lower right corner.
Later in the first, Paul Stastny shot from the slot. The rebound went to Schwartz, who beat Oduya to the puck on the left side at 11:15.
Neither team scored in the second until Dallas' Spezza put in the rebound of Jiri Hudler's shot at with 1:24 remaining.
St. Louis tied the game with 31 seconds to go. Berglund shot from the slot through a tight group of Niemi, Oduya and the Blues' Perron. Dallas challenged the goal, claiming goaltender interference, but it was upheld.
NOTES: The Blues had killed all 14 penalties in their previous six games. Dallas, 1 for 16 in the previous five games, went 1 for 3. ... Spezza has four goals and two assists in his last four games vs. St. Louis. ... Stastny has a goal and five assists in his last three games in Dallas. ... Perron has had a minor penalty in six straight games. ... Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie and Blues D Joel Edmundson received major penalties for fighting along the St. Louis blue line at 5:06 of the third period. ... Stars C Cody Eakin sat out the second game of his four-game suspension for charging Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist. ... Dallas had been 1-8-3 overall and 0-4-1 at home this season in games following a victory.
Blues: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night in the finale of a two-game trip. Tarasenko had a hat trick in a 5-4 win over the Lightning on Dec. 1.
Stars: Host Los Angeles on Friday night to finish a five-game homestand.