The St. Louis Blues couldn't make it four shutouts in a row on Tuesday, but they nonetheless did get the better of the Toronto Maple Leafs to notch their 11th consecutive victory.
Struggling in the Central Division for most of the season, the Blues have surged past the Dallas Stars in the standings and are now within touching distance of the Nashville Predators who currently sit second.
St. Louis are six points adrift of Nashville, but with three games in hand as they look to consolidate a potential play-off place.
Ryan O'Reilly's 23rd of the season was the difference between the Blues and the Maple Leafs after first-period goals from Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko - the latter on the power play - had been cancelled out by Toronto's Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews.
O'Reilly scored 34 seconds into overtime to give St. Louis the 3-2 victory.
Thursday, the Blues have a suddenly important match-up with the Stars at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The Stars, who have lost three in a row, remain in the thick of the chase for a Wild Card in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Minnesota Wild, with the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks all a further one game back.
Dallas has been outplayed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators in their last three games and have remained in fourth in the Division due largely to the Wild losing five straight.
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