Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

The Blues had a strong start and an even better finish to grab a point on the back end of back-to-back games against a well rested Vancouver Canucks team that was off since Thursday.

After scoring two goals in the first 5:59 of the game, the Blues stumbled as the fresher looking Canucks had a 5-2 lead, just over six minutes into the third.

However, the Blues rattled three goals past Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack in a seven minute span and then rattled the posts twice in OT. Lack made the only save in the shootout, making a left pad save of T.J. Oshie for Vancouver’s 6-5 win.

Dmitrij Jaskin started the comeback with a power-play goal 8:18 into the third period, and Petteri Lindholm and David Backes scored 1:12 apart with five minutes left to help the Blues rally late.

“A lesser team would have folded it up,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said, “but we came back and pounded on it hard in the third period and then should have won it in overtime with the two we drilled by him and hit the post. We played a whale of a hockey game. We did a heck of a job.”