Tarasenko lifts injured Blues’ to fourth straight win

St. Louis (Mis) – Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals last night, netting his fifth goal in the last three games.

The big Russian forward – now with 6 goals and 11 points this season – does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon, coming off of a hat-trick, game-winning performance in Dallas on Wednesday, and last night’s shoot-out victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

The injury plagued St. Louis team seems to be finding their form throughout their line-up, as they found a way to defeat the Av’s in the shoot-out without the tricky hands of T.J. Oshie.

With Oshie out of the lineup with a concussion, Joakim Lindstrom got the nod and scored the lone shootout goal, putting it past Semyon Varlamov on the Blues’ second attempt.

“[Kirk Muller] is working with these guys after every practice,” said head coach Ken Hitchcock. “After every practice when we work on it, we have a little bit of a conversation and he kept bringing Lindstrom’s name up. He had the best numbers in the competition and that’s why we put him in right away”

The Blues’ were also backstopped by a red hot Brian Elliot who stopped 27 shots and all three shootout attempts in his 100th game with the Blues. The Blues’ were coming off a shutout streak of 118 minutes, 52 seconds, that was spoiled by Ryan O’Reilly’s second goal of the season.

“''We didn't want to win in a shootout, but we got it done,'' Elliott said. ''It’s two big points and some more momentum to try and keep us going.''

The Blues’ are 20 – 5 – 3 in November the last two season, and with the return of David Backes and Gabriel Landeskog to the lineup, they will be looking for another strong month of hockey.