Ryan O’Reilly’s late goal in virtually the blink of an eye after his team relinquished a lead gave St. Louis the lead for good as the Blues claimed a 3-1 victory over the Stars in Dallas on Friday.
Just 18 seconds after the Stars had tied the game 16:49 into the third period, O’Reilly raced down the ice to join a two-on-one rush with Ivan Barbashev. O’Reilly made no mistake with the cross-ice pass, netting his sixth goal of the season. O’Reilly also collected an assist during a two-point outing.
Barbashev’s empty-net goal with 2.1 seconds left on the clock finished the scoring and gave him a two-point game, as well. David Perron collected two assists in the win.
Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 31 shots for the Central Division-leading Blues, who have won two straight games and are rolling. St. Louis has netted at least a point in its last nine road games (7-0-2) and cobbled together an 11-2-3 run overall.
For the longest time, it appeared Colton Parayko’s first-period goal would stand. Parayko stole the puck deep in the Dallas zone, worked his way to the left point, moved to the middle of the ice, and then sent a long wrist shot through a maze of skaters and into the net 4:19 into the clash for his second goal of the season.
The Blues believed they doubled the lead late in the second period when Nathan Walker was on the spot for a rebound, but the Stars challenged for offside, and upon review the challenge was upheld.
Roope Hintz, who twice hit the post earlier in the third period, tied the game 1-1 with 3:11 remaining, scoring just after getting out of the penalty box.
Goalie Ben Bishop made 37 saves for the Stars, who have lost two straight games on the heels of a seven-game winning streak and 12-game point run (11-0-1) that moved them up the standings.
—Field Level Media