The Blues got a point out of it, but their nine-game winning streak ended with a flick of the wrist by Philadelphia forward Jakub Voracek. His goal at the 3:33 mark of overtime gave the Flyers a 4-3 win Wednesday before 18,096 at Enterprise Center. The Blues thus finished a season-long five-game homestand with a 4-0-1 record. They are 30-10-8 overall for 68 points, still atop the NHL for the third day in a row.
"It's a great homestand, no doubt about it," coach Craig Berube said. "But listen, we want all of it. We're not happy with this performance but I'm happy with the battle back and getting a point."
After falling behind 3-1 early in the third period, the Blues got goals by Ryan O'Reilly (his ninth of the season) and Alexander Steen (his fourth) to tie the game with 6:21 left to play.
A thrilling comeback in the making? Not quite.
"We were confident we were gonna do it and obviously we just make a little error _ I make a little error in OT there and it’s in the back of the net," O'Reilly said. "So it’s tough. It’s a point missed."
While both teams were changing out personnel during 3-on-3 play, O'Reilly said he got too far in front of the play, which resulted in a 2-on-1 rush for Philadelphia (25-16-6) and the game winner.
Goals by Tyler Pitlick and then Michael Raffl gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead after two periods Wednesday. It was the fifth goal of the season for both Flyers.
Tempers flared at the end of the period when David Perron was assessed a two-minute minor for cross-checking Flyers all-star Travis Konecny. (It looked like Perron was cross-checked first.)
In any event, Konecny scored just 26 seconds into the third period on the power play and it was 3-1 Flyers. The Blues then botched a 5-on-3 power play and then couldn't capitalize on a 5-on-4 power play.
So things looked bleak for the Blues, until that is, O'Reilly and Steen scored. Steen's goal, his fourth of the season tied the game at 3-3 with 6:21 left to play.
Raffl's goal came after Blues goalie Jordan Binnington left a fat rebound after a shot by Robert Hagg _ one that left Raffl with an open net and an easy tap-in.
The Blues were up 1-0 and controlling things, with several chances early in the second period _ including a couple by Zach Sanford _ to pad their lead. But Philadelphia, easily the best team the Blues played on the homestand, scored twice in the final 7:17
Justin Faulk's fourth goal of the season, which came in the opening period and gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead, gave the Blues at least one power play score in 11 of their last 14 games.
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