The Blues had nothing going against the Montreal Canadiens, who were playing their first game without their leading scorer and they sat their star goaltender Carey Price. Down 2-0 in the third period, coach Ken Hitchcock was looking for a spark and put Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny together on the same line and it worked. Schwartz scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 1:22 left in overtime to give the Blues a 3-2 win over Montreal at Scottrade Center on Tuesday.
“I was trying a lot of stuff once it wasn’t working, and then I saw some things in the second period I liked,” Hitchcock said. “A couple shifts and after the first three minutes … they had a great shift with about five minutes gone in the third period and I just stuck on those lines.”
Schwartz had three points and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 28 saves and is 8-0-0 in his past eight starts; he’s 10-0-2 at home this season. The Blues have points in 13 straight home games (10-0-3) and are 12-1-3 at Scottrade Center.