NHL Game Summary - Detroit at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, February 9th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Detroit 3 (SO)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes scored the game-winning goal in
the shootout, as the St. Louis Blues halted a three-game skid and defeated the
Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in a Central Division battle at Scottrade Center.
Andy McDonald, David Perron and Paul Kariya scored in regulation for the
Blues, who trail Calgary by six points for the final playoff spot and will
look to go into the Olympic break on a high note with home games against
Toronto and Washington. Chris Mason turned aside 39 shots for the Blues.
"I think we've got a lot of resiliency in this room," Kariya said. "We know
that we can do it."
Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula tallied for the Red Wings,
who welcomed Johan Franzen back to the lineup but still lost for the third
straight game. Detroit has won only three of its last 13 games overall
(3-5-5). Franzen, who scored 34 goals in 2008-09, has not played since the
first week of this season after he tore his ACL on October 8.
Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on 45 shots in the losing effort. It was the
end of a five-game road trip for Detroit.
"I know you'd like to get two points every night, but we just finished a
stretch of 15 of 21 games on the road," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I
don't care what anyone says, that's a long road trip."
Trailing by two goals with less than six minutes to play in regulation, the
Red Wings scored twice in a 3:14 span for a 3-3 tie.
After Datsyuk notched his 16th goal at the 14:26 mark -- the puck deflected
off his skate after a shot from the lower left side by Henrik Zetterberg --
and the Wings drew within one, they gained momentum and began to control the
action in their offensive zone.
Then, with 2:20 to go, the puck somehow ended up mere inches over the goal
line behind Conklin during a scramble in front of the net. The tally was
credited to Filppula, who appeared to touch it last during the furious scrum
in the crease area.
The overtime did not yield a goal, and in the third shootout round, Boyes used
a forehand-backhand-forehand deke move to easily beat Howard before Mason
closed the door on the final attempt.
The Red Wings scored the only goal of the first period, a tally that was
credited to Draper. Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson released a floater
from the right side above the circle, and the puck appeared to deflect off of
Draper on its way past Conklin at the 12:19 mark.
In the second period, Perron's 16th marker of the season knotted the contest
With 1:50 remaining before the second intermission, a rebound goal by Kariya
gave St. Louis the lead. A shot by David Backes from the right side hit a bit
of traffic in front and the rebound caromed directly onto the stick of Kariya,
who was in position atop the crease and he buried the disc into the back of
the net for his 11th tally.
McDonald's redirection marker at 6:57 of the third created a 3-l margin. The
Blues were on the power play after a holding minor on Dan Cleary, and Erik
Johnson streaked down the right-wing side. From along the lower half-wall,
Johnson fired a centering pass that McDonald deflected from the inner rim of
the near circle, and the change of direction fooled Howard.
The loss halted Detroit's six-game win streak in this building...The Blues
ended 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Red Wings were scoreless on their
four chances with the extra skater...Howard made 20 saves in the first period.
02/10 00:42:26 ET