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Saturday, January 26, 2013

David Perron leads Blues past Stars in 4-3 win

St. Louis Blues forward David Perron had struggled a bit through the team's first four games. Perron's struggles ended on Saturday night as the Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 thanks to a pair of goals by the talented Canadian playmaker.

With the Blues trailing 2-1 after one period of play, Perron exploded in the second period. Perron's first goal came after some shifty puck-handling  resulted in Perron throwing the puck at the net with a wicked quick wrist shot to beat the Dallas goalie. His second goal was also spectacular in the second period's final minute on another lethal wrister to make it 4-2.

While Perron was busy scoring in the second period, he also helped out on the Blues' third goal, receiving an assist on a Chris Stewart goal made it 3-2.

While Perron got an assist on Stewart's third goal of the season, it was center Patrik Berglund who made the play. Berglund wrestled the puck away from a Dallas defender along the boards, skated towards the net, and flipped a perfect pass across the slot that landed on Stewart's stick, making it easy for the power forward to put it home.

Wade Redden, playing in his second game for the Blues, scored the Blues first goal of the game early in the first period.

Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk also had another great game, picking up his sixth assist of the season on Perron's first goal. Sensational rookie Vladimir Tarasenko also picked up an assist, notching his seventh point in five games to start his NHL career.

The Blues outshot the Stars 32-23 on the night, making it five straight games to start the season where they outshot their opponent.

Jaroslav Halak picked up the win in net for the Blues, his third of the season and second in a row. Halak stepped 20 of 23 shots he faced against the pesky and talented Stars.