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Blues Defeat Stars With Two Goals In Last Minute

ST. LOUIS — Ryan O’Reilly and Jordan Kyrou each scored a power-play goal in the final 47 seconds of the third period to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

Kyrou gave the Blues a 2-1 lead with 29 seconds left when his centering pass to Robert Thomas caromed off Stars defenseman Jani Hakanpaa’s right leg.

“Honestly, I was trying to pass to ‘Tommer’ there backdoor, and I just got a lucky bounce and it went in,” Kyrou said. “That was definitely really fun to be a part of. Doesn’t happen too often when you come back last couple minutes. It was pretty electric out there. It was fun. It was a great win by us too.”

Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues (21-10-5), who are 11-0-1 their past 12 home games, matching the third-longest streak in their history, last accomplished Jan. 6-Feb. 26, 2001 (9-0-3). St. Louis is 9-2-1 in its past 12 games.

It was the first time in Blues history they won in regulation after trailing with one minute remaining, and the 11th time in NHL history.

“The first two periods I thought there wasn’t a ton of energy,” coach Craig Berube said. “We weren’t winning enough puck battles. I thought they did a good job of clogging things up, being tight on us, not giving us any room. But we didn’t want to compete through that. We kind of allowed it to happen more than anything.

“We needed to get on our toes and start skating and start winning puck battles and doing things right. Guys did a good job responding. I thought we had a real good third period going. We took the penalty late, killed it off. Special teams were really good tonight, [and] that’s the difference in the game.”

Jason Robertson scored, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves for the Stars (17-13-2), who had their four-game winning streak end. Dallas has lost its past five on the road, including two straight to St. Louis.

“It definitely wasn’t the result we wanted, but I think [Stars coach Rick Bowness] told us that was almost a perfect road game for us,” Robertson said. “We had a bunch of chances and we tried to limit their chances. It’s just hockey at the end of the game.”

O’Reilly tied it 1-1 with 47 seconds remaining when he scored on a rebound in the slot. After the Blues pulled Binnington for a 6-on-4 advantage, Torey Krug’s shot caromed off the end boards, past St. Louis forward Brayden Schenn to O’Reilly for the goal past a sprawled-out Holtby.

“It was mayhem. … It was a little bit chaotic,” O’Reilly said. “But I thought we had a good third period. We had some good chances, and it took us right down to the wire to tie the game up, but yeah, there was pucks and bodies everywhere and obviously, we get a good bounce and in the back of the net to tie it up. Yeah, it was good.”

Robertson scored off a rebound at 9:16 of the second period to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.

The Stars thought they were in good shape late in the third period, and Holtby was on his way to his 36th NHL shutout and first in the regular season since March 8, 2019. However, Hakanpaa was called for hooking with 1:52 remaining, leading to O’Reilly’s goal. Prior to the tying goal, a delayed penalty was called on Miro Heiskanen for slashing Kyrou, which led to the subsequent Blues power play.

“It’s frustrating and it (stinks),” Heiskanen said. “I thought we played really well, and they tied it. It [stinks].

“I think we played really well today and that’s what we need to keep doing. It’s frustrating, but I think it was a good game by us.”

NOTES: Kyrou also had an assist and has scored 11 points (five goals, six assists) during a five-game point streak. … Robertson has a seven-game point streak (four goals, six assists) and has scored 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in the past 16 games. … Stars forward Joe Pavelski extended his point streak to six games with an assist (nine points; four goals, five assists). … St. Louis joined the Colorado Avalanche (12-0-1; active) as the second NHL team with a home point streak of at least 12 games this season. … The Blues won three of four games against the Stars this season, outscoring them 11-7. … They are 7-1-1 their past nine games against the Stars, including 4-0-1 at home. … St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defensemen Scott Perunovich and Jake Walman each missed his second straight game in NHL COVID-19 protocol.

All-Star Game rosters as selected by NHL.com

The 2022 NHL All-Star Fan Vote ended Saturday with the captain for each of the four divisions being selected.

The four captains, the full All-Star Game rosters and candidates for the Last Man In vote will be announced during ESPN’s 6 p.m. airing of “SportsCenter” on Thursday.

Before that happens, NHL.com staff writers and editors have revisited their picks made at the start of the voting period to see what the final rosters for the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas on Feb. 4-5 could look like.

The NHL.com staffers voted on an 11-player lineup for each division. Each lineup had to have six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. One player from each team in the division had to be selected.

The 2022 All-Star Game will once again consist of a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring four teams, one from each division.

Here are the NHL.com panel results:

Atlantic Division
Forwards

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (captain)

Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins

Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings

Drake Batherson, Ottawa Senators

Defensemen

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres

Chris Wideman, Montreal Canadiens

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs

Others receiving votes: forwards Tage Thompson (Sabres), Nick Suzuki (Canadiens); defensemen Victor Hedman (Lightning), Thomas Chabot (Senators), David Savard (Canadiens), Charlie McAvoy (Bruins)

Scouting report: There are two changes to the roster in this round of voting: Batherson is in for Tyler Toffoli of the Canadiens at forward and Wideman is in for Chabot at defenseman. This is still a team to be reckoned with, anchored by Vasilevskiy, the goalie for each of the past two Stanley Cup championships. How good is this team? Hedman, a perennial Norris Trophy candidate and another bedrock of the Lightning dynasty, didn’t make the final cut. Campbell is the other goalie, and he has been near the top of the NHL in save percentage and goals-against average most of the season, but it’s a question as to whether either goalie will even see the puck, as the forwards are likely to spend quite a bit of time in the offensive zone. Huberdeau, Stamkos, Matthews and Marchand are each averaging better than a point per game this season.

Voters: Amalie Benjamin, Barry Rubenstein, Dave Stubbs, Mike Zeisberger

Metropolitan Division
Forwards

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (captain)

Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers

Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins

Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

Chris Kreider, New York Rangers

Defensemen

Adam Fox, New York Rangers

Dougie Hamilton, New Jersey Devils

Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets

Goalies

Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders

Frederik Andersen, Carolina Hurricanes

Others receiving votes: forwards Jack Hughes (Devils), Evgeny Kuznetsov (Capitals), Sidney Crosby (Penguins), Mathew Barzal (Islanders) Oliver Bjorkstrand (Blue Jackets); defensemen Kris Letang (Penguins), Jaccob Slavin (Hurricanes); goalies Igor Shesterkin (Rangers), Tristan Jarry (Penguins)

Scouting report: This team will be strong from the goal out with Sorokin and Andersen and three of the best puck-moving defensemen in the NHL in Fox, Hamilton and Werenski, which is essential in 3-on-3 play. The forwards should produce plenty of scoring with Ovechkin, Kreider in the top 10 in goals and Panarin and Ovechkin among the leaders in assists. Ovechkin was first among forwards and Fox, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defenseman, was first among defensemen on each of the four ballots. The only change in voting from the first exercise was Andersen replacing Shesterkin as one of the two goalies.

Voters: Tom Gulitti, Adam Kimelman, Mike Morreale, Bill Price

Central Division
Forwards

Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota Wild

Nazem Kadri, Colorado Avalanche

Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (captain)

Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets

Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars

Defensemen

Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

Shayne Gostisbehere, Arizona Coyotes

Goalies

Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators

Marc-Andre Fleury, Chicago Blackhawks

Others receiving votes: forwards Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks), Jordan Kyrou (Blues), Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Matt Duchene (Predators); goalies Connor Hellebuyck (Jets), Darcy Kuemper (Avalanche)

Scouting report: This team has an abundance of speed and elite hands at forward, particularly with the addition of MacKinnon and Tarasenko. They replace DeBrincat and Kyrou, respectively. MacKinnon and Kadri have been focal points of one of the most prolific offenses in the NHL and could be fearsome if paired together. Kaprizov, the Calder Trophy winner as NHL rookie of the year last season, has been playing at an even higher level in the first half of this season. Add in the elite, veteran hands of Tarasenko and Pavelski and the potential for all-star plays is off the charts. On defense, Makar is a human highlight reel already. The open ice of the 3-on-3 format is a perfect showcase for his skill, speed and vision. Saros polled unanimously as the Central’s starting goalie and has been instrumental in Nashville’s unexpected rise.

Voters: Jon Lane, William Douglas, Tracey Myers, Tim Campbell

Pacific Division
Forwards

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (captain)

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

Troy Terry, Anaheim Ducks

Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights

Yanni Gourde, Seattle Kraken

Defensemen

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks

Goalies

Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames

Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks

Others receiving votes: forwards Tomas Hertl (Sharks), Timo Meier (Sharks); defensemen Alex Pietrangelo (Golden Knights), Shea Theodore (Golden Knights), Mark Giordano (Kraken)

Scouting report: There are three changes to the roster in this round of voting. Stone, perhaps one of the best two-way forwards in the game and a fan favorite in Vegas, replaces Anze Kopitar of the Kings. Doughty, who has not missed a beat since returning from injury, replaces Pietrangelo, and Demko, who was the hottest goalie in the month of December, with a 7-1-0 record, a 1.72 GAA and .946 save percentage, replaces John Gibson of the Ducks. It is offense that will drive the Pacific Division. McDavid and Draisaitl finished one-two in points last season and have been in those spots virtually since the start of this season. Terry has scored more than 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career and had a 16-game point streak (22 points — 12 goals, 10 assists) from Oct. 18-Nov. 18. This team scores, skates and defends well. It is experienced in how 3-on-3 works in the All-Star Game. It’s a favorite.

Voters: Dan Rosen, Pete Jensen, Shawn P. Roarke, David Satriano

LaFontaine, Division I goalie of year, signs contract with Hurricanes

Jack LaFontaine signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. He will be paid $750,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the American Hockey League level through the end of this season.

LaFontaine, a third-round pick (No. 75) by the Hurricanes at the 2016 NHL Draft, is turning pro in the middle of the college hockey season with the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old goalie from Mississauga, Ontario, was 12-8-0 with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 20 games.

Last season, he won the Mike Richter Award voted as the top goalie in NCAA Division I after going 22-7-0 with a 1.79 GAA, a .934 save percentage and five shutouts in 29 games. He led Division I goalies in wins and was tied for second in save percentage and shutouts. LaFontaine was also named Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, a First-Team All-American and a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in college hockey.

“As the reigning Mike Richter Award recipient, Jack has proven he’s ready to take the next steps in his career,” Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. “We love his athleticism and consistency and can’t wait for him to start his professional career.”

LaFontaine may not have to wait long to make his NHL debut. Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta was scratched for a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday because of an upper-body injury. Alex Lyon was recalled from the taxi squad and made 32 saves. Frederik Andersen made 36 saves in a 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Goalie prospects Eetu Makiniemi (Chicago of the AHL) and Beck Warm (Norfolk of the ECHL) each is injured.

“We’ll play it by ear and see how things are here with the goalie situation,” Waddell told The News & Observer. “We definitely want to give him a chance. … We’ve got to find out what we’ve got here.”

LaFontaine played 96 collegiate games with Minnesota (2019-22) and the University of Michigan (2016-18). He had a 2.52 GAA, a .915 save percentage and five shutouts.

“We would like to thank Jack for his contributions to the Gophers program, and we wish him well as he begins his professional career,” Minnesota coach Bob Motzko said in a statement issued by the university.

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