Video: Jaskin scores a beauty for the winner, Blues hang on to defeat Red Wings
Dmitrij Jaskin played the hero in the third period for the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
With his team holding a precarious lead over the Detroit Red Wings, the 22-year-old forward powered his way through the neutral zone, then beat defenseman Mike Green to the net before scoring a beauty on a determined effort to give the Blues a two-goal cushion at a critical point in the game.
The Blues did give up a late goal to Henrik Zetterberg, making for a hectic finish, but held on for the 2-1 victory despite being short a defenseman for the entire game. Brian Elliott made 29 saves on 30 shots faced for St. Louis.
Blues will dress 5 defenseman tonight. Parayko is sick and they didn't take Gunnarsson off IR in time. Armstrong says it's his fault— Tom Timmermann (@tomtimm) January 20, 2016
The Blues, who relied heavily on defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (28:14 of ice time) and Alex Pietrangelo (28:28 of ice time) Wednesday, have now won three in a row and are tied in points (63) with the struggling Dallas Stars in the Central Division.
Meanwhile, the Red Wings missed out on a chance to close the three-point gap between them and the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers.