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Tarasenko scores at 3:24 of OT to lift Blues past Stars

ST. LOUIS, AP

St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 3:24 of overtime to lift the Blues to a 4-3 victory over Dallas on Monday, moving within two points of NHL Central Division leader Chicago.

Tarasenko took a pass from Jori Lehtera and fired a wrist shot past Stars goalie Antti Niemi for 10th of the season and team-leading 23rd point.

Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak scored twice, including the tying goal with 50 seconds left in the third period, with Niemi pulled for an extra skater.

Robby Fabbri, Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron also scored for St. Louis, while Jamie Benn had the Stars' other goal.

The other Monday game was also decided in overtime as Thomas Hickey scored 3:07 into the extra period to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 home win against Calgary.

With the Flames caught in an awkward change after Michael Frolik broke his stick, captain John Tavares wheeled around the zone and then backhanded one that Hickey tipped past Brian Elliott.

Tavares also scored in the first period.

Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots, standing tall during a barrage late in the second period before allowing Sean Monahan's tying goal 5:51 into the third.

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