ST. LOUIS (AP) — After the St. Louis Blues caught the short end

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — After the St. Louis Blues caught the short end of the stick on an obscure NHL rule Custom Nashville Predators Jerseys , Ryan O’Reilly bailed them out with a breakaway winner.O’Reilly scored a short-handed goal 2:05 into overtime to lift St. Louis over the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Friday night.O’Reilly’s forehand finish was memorable, but the buzz postgame was about the call that put the Blues on the penalty kill to begin with.Vladimir Tarasenko was called for playing with illegal equipment after picking up teammate Colton Parayko’s stick. Blues interim coach Craig Berube said the penalty was called because the 6-foot-6 Parayko has an exemption to the NHL’s stick length rule. The 6-foot Tarasenko does not.“If it was somebody else’s stick, say it was (Jaden Schwartz’s) stick, he could pick it up and use it,” Berube said.O’Reilly scored 34 seconds later after being sprung by a pass from Robert Bortuzzo. That eased St. Louis’ frustration after the surprising penalty call.“I had no idea,” O’Reilly said of the rule. “I think our whole bench had no idea, but with the win tonight I don’t think we care. We got it done.”Parayko scored twice and Ivan Barbashev also had a goal for the Blues, who won for the third time in four games. Jake Allen made 39 saves including several game-savers late in the third and in overtime.J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist, and Sven Andrighetto and Matt Calvert also scored for the Avalanche, who dropped their third straight game. Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves, but lost for the first time in his last 10 starts.Avalanche coach Jared Bednar felt his team left a point on the table.“We’ve got our best players on the ice on a 4-3 power play and we give up a breakaway ,” Bednar said. “It should be us putting a dagger through them and getting two points. It has to be. We have to better than that. The decision we make with the puck there, it cost us the game so that’s it.”Parayko put St. Louis ahead 3-2 with 9 minutes left in the third. It was the second career two-goal game for Parayko, the other coming on Oct. 13, 2015 at Calgary.Compher’s power-play goal tied it with 6:50 left.Parayko gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 3:24 of the first period with his second goal in four games on a one-timer from just inside the blue line.Andrighetto tied it on a breakaway at 5:42 of the first. It was his first goal in eight games.Calvert gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 9:48 of the first, beating Allen between the legs on a wrap-around for his fourth goal of the season.Barbashev tied it with 40 seconds left in the first. Jay Bouwmeester set it up with a perfect pass through the crease to a streaking Barbashev who tipped it in.“I just kind of threw it at the net so it was a good play by him because there really wasn’t anything else,” Bouwmeester said. “Go to the net and look what happens.”NOTES: The Blues signed F Alexei Toropchenko to a three-year, entry level contract. The 19-year-old from Moscow was drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2017 draft. … Avalanche RW Mikko Rantanen extended his points streak to 13 games with an assist on Compher’s goal and is tied with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the longest active streak in the league. … The Blues scratched D Joel Edmundson and LW Zach Sanford. … The Avalanche scratched D Mark Alt and D Alexander Kerfoot.UP NEXTColorado: hosts Dallas on Saturday.St. Louis: hosts Calgary on Sunday. NEW YORK — The Vegas Golden Knights could be welcoming their biggest off-season addition back to the lineup Friday night as the New Jersey Devils adjust to the absence of their best player.Paul Stastny appears likely to return to the Golden Knights when Vegas continues an Eastern Conference road swing Friday by visiting the Devils at Prudential Center.The Golden Knights last played Wednesday, when they began the trip by beating the host New York Islanders, 3-2. The Devils haven’t hit the ice since Monday night, when they capped a Western Conference road trip by falling to the San Jose Sharks, 5-2.Article continues below ...Stastny New Jersey Devils T-Shirts Authentic , who signed a three-year deal as a free agent July 1, has been out since suffering a lower body injury Oct. 8, He joined the Golden Knights (18-14-1) on the road trip –Vegas will visit the New York Rangers Sunday and the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday — and skated at Thursday’s practice in New Jersey. Head coach Gerard Gallant said following practice that Stastny is ready to play in a game, though he didn’t say if that would happen Friday.For his part, Stastny said he will understand if he doesn’t return to the lineup right away. The Golden Knights, who made a stunning run to the Stanley Cup Final as an expansion franchise last season, have won 10 of 13 to move into a playoff spot in the Western Conference.“Everyone’s playing well right now, right?” Stastny told the Las Vegas Review-Journal after practice Thursday. “When you’re winning, different lines are stepping up on different nights. Whatever the coaches feel comfortable with, I’ll do and respect that.”The skidding Devils (10-13-6) would feel much more comfortable knowing star left winger Taylor Hall would be available Friday night. Hall, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player last season New Jersey Devils Hoodies Authentic , left practice early Thursday with an undisclosed ailment.“I don’t have much for you yet,” Devils coach John Hynes told reporters afterward. “I just know they pulled him off for precautionary reasons and I haven’t talked to them yet.”Even with Hall, who is one of just six Devils to play in all 29 game this season, New Jersey has lost eight of nine (1-4-4) to fall into last place in the Eastern Conference. A pair of number one goalies are likely to oppose each other in net Friday night.Marc Andre-Fleury earned the win Wednesday for the Golden Knights, when he made 23 saves against the Islanders. Keith Kinkaid took the loss for the Devils Monday night after recording 29 saves against the Sharks.Fleury is 24-25-3 in 53 career games against the Devils, whom he’s faced more than any other opponent aside from the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Kinkaid won his only career start against the Golden Knights last Mar. 14, when he stopped 39 shots as New Jersey cruised to an 8-3 win in Las Vegas.

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