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Blues beat Stars to stay red-hot at home

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Dec 17, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) shoots and scores against the Dallas Stars during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) shoots and scores against the Dallas Stars during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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