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Blues top Wings in OT to end skid

– Alexander Steen stuffed in a rebound 52 seconds into overtime, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 slump-stopping victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak that followed a 6-1 start.

The Red Wings had won a season-high three straight, a stretch that started with a 5-1 victory over St. Louis, and had beaten the Blues four games in a row at home.

Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the first period and chances to win in the third period on a pair of power plays.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen, making his first NHL start in his second game in the league, made 15 saves. Jaroslav Halak missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain, an injury he had in a Feb. 1 loss against Detroit.

Jimmy Howard made 21 saves for the Red Wings.

Allen gave up a goal on the first shot he faced, getting fooled by fellow rookie Tomas Tatar’s deke in front of the net that set up his first score of the season 2:17 into the game. Drew Miller scored his first goal of the year 5-plus minutes later to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.

Patrik Berglund’s short-handed goal late in the first period pulled St. Louis within a goal. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko’s sixth goal of the season tied it at 7:12 of the second period and Chris Stewart put the Blues ahead 3-2 less than 2 minutes later.

Pavel Datsyuk tied it again with his sixth goal midway through the second period.

The Red Wings had two power plays in the third period, but couldn’t take advantage.

PENGUINS 4, SENATORS 2: In Pittsburgh, James Neal scored twice and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to power Pittsburgh in a game marred by the loss of Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson to a left Achilles injury that will require surgery.

The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL’s top defenseman, Karlsson was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s skate blade as the two tangled along the boards late in the second period.

Pascal Dupuis also scored for Pittsburgh, Paul Martin had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves. Stephane Da Costa scored his first goal of the season, and Jim O’Brien also scored for Ottawa.

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