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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at NY Rangers



(Thursday, March 18th)

Final Score: St. Louis 4, NY Rangers 3

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Paul Kariya's 400th career goal put St. Louis ahead for good in the third period, as the Blues held on for a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Brad Boyes, Mike Weaver and Erik Johnson also scored for the Blues, who snapped a two-game slide and picked up a key victory in their chase for the playoffs. St. Louis is now five points behind idle Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Ty Conklin made 26 stops in the victory, the Blues' 21st road win of the season.

Like St. Louis, the Rangers are struggling to make the playoffs and entered the contest just three points back of eighth-place Boston in the East. The Bruins lost to Pittsburgh on Thursday, but New York failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

Henrik Lundqvist let in all four goals on 16 shots for the Rangers, who have lost two in a row and six of eight. Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik and Wade Redden scored in the loss.

"It felt like they didn't have to work that hard for the goals tonight," Lundqvist said. "Some mistakes from our side. Just very disappointing."

Redden lit the lamp 7:11 into the third period, netting his first goal since October 12 and only his second of the season. A rebound was swept out to him at the left point, and he rifled a shot past a scrambling Conklin to even the game at 3-3.

But a little more than a minute later, Kariya put the Blues back on top. On a St. Louis rush, he slipped past Callahan and skated down the slot, where he tipped in T.J. Oshie's pass from the right wing at 8:24.

"I don't really pay too much attention to stats, and I never concern myself too much with them," Kariya said. "Obviously it's a nice milestone, but the two points was more important in the game tonight. We needed the win."

The Rangers emptied their net late in an attempt to even the contest, but the Blues held them off for the win.

Boyes' close wrist shot from the left side put St. Louis on the board 1:10 into the contest. But the Rangers went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead after Callahan's power-play goal at 5:52 and Gaborik's 37th of the season at 17:08.

The Blues used a counter-rush to draw even 2:21 into the middle period. After getting the puck into the New York end, the Rangers' Chris Drury tried to clear with a backhand swipe. However, the puck went to the right point, where Weaver ripped a one-timer past Lundqvist.

Johnson's power-play score at 5:45 gave the Blues a 3-2 edge.

Game Notes

St. Louis swept the two-game season series, having taken a 4-1 win over the Rangers on January 16...New York went 1-for-5 on the power play and came up empty on a 5-on-3 opportunity early in the third period. The Rangers had the two-man advantage for 1:17...Kariya was skating in his 978th career game.

03/18 23:03:37 ET


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