NHL Game Summary - Carolina at St. Louis|
(Friday, October 21st)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt D'Agostini scored the game-winning goal
in overtime, sending the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina
Hurricanes at Scottrade Center.
With about a minute to go, the Blues won a key offensive zone faceoff and
the puck made its way to Vladimir Sobotka in the right corner. Sobotka found
D'Agostini standing alone in front and the winger one-timed it in behind Cam
Ward at 3:58 of the overtime period.
"We felt that if we kept at it, kept getting pressure in the blue paint, we'd
get what we needed," Blues head coach Davis Payne said.
Blues captain David Backes and veteran forward Jason Arnott scored, while
Brian Elliott made 27 saves for the Blues, who snapped a two-game skid.
Brandon Sutter had a goal and an assist and Jay Harrison scored for Carolina,
which had its three-game winning streak halted. Ward stopped 40-of-43 shots
fired his way.
Carolina opened the scoring at the 6:52 mark of the first stanza thanks to
some solid forechecking. The puck was chipped down into the right corner and
three Hurricanes swarmed to the puck and got it free to Harrison, who fired a
slap shot from the right point that got through the traffic in front and past
Elliot for a 1-0 advantage.
Sutter gave Carolina a 2-0 lead at 1:33 of the second period thanks to some
sloppy play by St. Louis. Controlling the puck at the left point, Blues
forward Patrik Berglund attempted a cross-ice pass to Roman Polak standing at
the other point position. The pass was poked out to the neutral zone by
Patrick Dwyer, sending Sutter in alone on Elliot and he made no mistake in
burying the shot.
"We looked a little bit like the road team I thought tonight and we had a few
chances that didn't go in," Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice said. "They
threw a lot at our net. It wasn't our best but we'll take the point and go."
The Blues got within one at 5:18 of the second period when Jamie Langenbrunner
found a loose puck in the slot and snapped it on goal. Ward was there to kick
it out with his right pad but the rebound went right to Arnott in front and
the big center tapped it home to make it 2-1.
Backes tied the game for St. Louis at 16:09 of the second period off a broken
play in the offensive zone. Backes picked up a loose puck in the high slot and
fired one that went off Bryan Allen's stick and took a fortunate bounce to the
front of the net, where Backes found himself in perfect position to tap it
home to make it 2-2.
Brothers Anthony (Carolina) and Chris (St. Louis) Stewart played against each
other for the first time at the NHL level...St. Louis went 0-for-1 on the
power play, while Carolina was 0-for-2..The Blues will travel to Philadelphia
to tangle with the Flyers on Saturday, while Carolina will head to Winnipeg to
play the Jets, also on Saturday.
10/21 23:48:27 ET