Victor Tarasenko helped his team get to the Sochi Olympic break on top of the Central Division by scoring the game-winning goal in the third round of the shootout of a 4-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon at Scottrade Center.
The Blues have 84 points, same as the Chicago Blackhawks, but have 39 regulation wins compared to 35 for the Hawks and the Blues have three games in hand.
T.J. Oshie, representing the U.S., scored in the second round of the shootout for the Blues, giving him seven goals in 10 tries this season and 25 in 46 career attempts. Brian Elliott stopped attempts by Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.
The Blues are 7-3 in shootouts this season, and the trio of Oshie, Tarasenko, who will represent the host country during the hockey tournament, and Alexander Steen is a combined 14-for-23.
Watch Tarasenko’s game winner courtesy of NHL.com. I love owner Tom Stillman’s reaction after the game.