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
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
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.
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