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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Montreal



(Wednesday, January 20th)

Final Score: St. Louis 4, Montreal 3 (OT)

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Andy McDonald scored the game-winner with 1:41 remaining in overtime, as the St. Louis Blues overcame squandering a two-goal lead in the third period to post a 4-3 victory over Montreal at Bell Centre.

McDonald took a feed from Paul Kariya and let go a sizzling wrist shot that found room in the top left corner of the net. McDonald's tally came moments after Ty Conklin made a spectacular save on Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov.

Alexander Steen and Kariya both registered a goal and an assist for the Blues, who had their season-high, four-game winning streak snapped on Monday at Columbus in the opener of a three-game road trip. David Perron also scored, while T.J. Oshie collected two assists in the win.

Conklin made 35 saves in his first start since January 2, when he allowed six goals in a loss to Chicago.

Michael Cammalleri tied the game for Montreal with 33 seconds left in the third period and Canadiens netminder Carey Price stationed on the bench.

Benoit Pouliot lit the lamp twice for the Habs, who have lost three straight and six of eight games overall. Price stopped 24 shots in defeat.

Montreal capitalized on a turnover by Blues defenseman Barret Jackman in the St. Louis zone to trim the deficit to 3-2. Scott Gomez picked up the puck that Jackman overskated and quickly dished to Pouliot in the right circle for a one-timer at 9:11 of the third.

Cammalleri forced overtime when deflected a Jaroslav Spacek shot past a screened Conklin.

"We felt Montreal would make a push in the third (period)," said St. Louis head coach Davis Payne. "We had some control, but we turned the puck over and they made us pay. You don't like giving up leads. A great save by Ty on Markov down the slot before we came back (with the game-winner)."

Perron and Kariya scored 38 seconds apart for an early 2-0 Blues lead.

While on the power play, Steen kept in a soft clearing by Gomez and fired a shot from the point that Perron tipped over the glove of Price 2:57 after the game's opening faceoff. Kariya then found a loose puck at the side of the net and banked it in off the Montreal goalie.

The Habs countered with the man advantage as Pouliot one-timed a Tomas Plekanec feed behind Conklin at the 7:38 mark of the first period.

Steen scored on a rebound with 13 seconds left in the opening frame to make it 3-1. Price had made the initial stop on Jay McClement's wrister, but Steen buried the puck into the open net.

St. Louis outshot Montreal 11-9 in a scoreless middle stanza.

"In the third we bounced back," Pouliot said. "We played in their zone. We came back to tie and get at least one point."

Game Notes

Both clubs finished 1-for-4 on the power play...The Blues improved to 13-6-4 as the guest this season... St. Louis last visited Montreal on March 18, 2008...The Blues close out their trek Thursday in Ottawa...Montreal travels to New Jersey on Friday.

01/20 23:02:47 ET


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