ST. LOUIS - Within the first fifteen seconds of the third period, the St. Louis Blues captain gave his team some extra cushion with a goal on an empty net.
Washington goaltender Justin Peters tried to play a puck behind his own net, but Patrik Berglund bore down on the goalie and forced a mis-play. With Peters still out of the net and scrambling to get back in, Berglund fed a pass to David Backes who found the back of the empty net to give his team a two score lead.
Berglund then added his own goal at the end of the period on a feed from T.J. Oshie giving the Blues a 4-1 that they held on to, taking down the Caps. The goal was Berglund's second of the year and both Oshie and Backes earned assits on the play.
Schwartz puts Blues back on top
The STL line put the Blues back on top with another shot at the point coming from Kevin Shattenkirk and a face-off win deep in Washington's zone.
Jori Lehtera, who won 50 percent of the face-offs in the first period, won another as he passed the puck back to point man Carl Gunnarsson who then passed on to his blue line partner Shattenkirk.
The Blues defenseman blasted a slap shot toward the goal that Capitals goalie Justin Peters originally stoppped. However, he gave up a juicy rebound to Jaden Schwartz who was standing the door step of the goal and back-handed the puck into the net to regain the lead for the home team.
Schwartz tied his line-mate, Lehtera, with his seventh goal of the season. Shattenkirk and Gunnarsson earned the assits.
In the final few minutes of the period, Nicklas Backstrom put a hit on Steve Ott that sent him into the boards with no penalty called from the referees. Instead, Ryan Reaves asked Backstrom to fight before Tom Wilson agreed. Within a five punches to his opponent's head, Reaves brought Wilson to the ground and the two skated into the locker room for their five minute penalties.
Capitals get on the board, tie game at 1
Quiet through most of the first half of the second period, the Washington Capitals got on the board as a puck shot from the point squirted through Brian Elliott's legs.
Joel Ward shot the puck while just inside the Blues blue line and with Eric Fehr bearing down on the crease, the puck just made it over the goal line to knot the game at one goal each.
Lehtera scored first goal of the game
To the surprise of no one in attendance at Scottrade Center Saturday night, the STL line of Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko scored, giving the Blues their first lead of the night.
With possession of the puck, Kevin Shattenkirk brought his team to the blue line and passed the puck to Schwartz. The Washington Capital goaltender stayed with Schwartz as he tried to draw him out of the crease. After stopping Schwartz's first shot, the Blues' forward passed the puck backwards to Lehtera who buried the puck in the back of the net.
Lehtera's seventh goal of the season extends his point streak to seven consecutive games. Schwartz and Shattenkirk earned assists on the goal.
The 'STL line' has 32 points in the last eight games.