NHL Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis |
(Tuesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist, as
Chicago edged St. Louis, 3-2, in Andy Murray's first game behind the bench as
head coach of the Blues.
St. Louis fired Mike Kitchen on Monday and replaced him with Murray, who
previously guided the Los Angeles Kings from 1999-2006 and ranks first in
Kings history in both wins (215) and games coached (480).
Kitchen, who was named head coach in February of 2004, led the Blues to the
worst record in the Western Conference at the time of his firing.
Veteran forward Peter Bondra, who Chicago signed to a contract on Sunday,
scored in his first game with the Blackhawks, who scored three goals in the
third period in a span of 2:04.
Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside 19 shots for Chicago, which has won
St. Louis goaltender Marek Schwarz made his first-career start and allowed
three goals on 24 shots.
Christian Backman had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have dropped a
season-high eight straight.
Trailing 1-0, Chicago tallied three goals in the final frame to take control
of the contest.
The Blackhawks cashed in on a two-man advantage and scored two quick goals to
take a 2-1 lead early in the third period.
With Keith Tkachuk and Jay McKee in the box for the Blues, Bondra's goal
evened the score at 1-1. James Wisniewski controlled the puck along the left
boards and centered the disc to Bondra in the slot and his one-timer sailed
over Schwarz's glove. Just 30 seconds later, Vrbata tallied his sixth goal of
the season to put the Blackhawks in front.
Less than two minutes after Vrbata's goal, Chicago struck again to take a two-
goal advantage. Vrbata raced into the St. Louis zone up the left wing and
feathered a pass to Jeff Hamilton in the left circle and his one-timer found
the back of the net.
With 1:27 left in the contest, St. Louis pulled to within a goal after Doug
Weight tallied a power-play goal.
Schwarz was pulled for an extra attacker with under a minute to play, but St.
Louis could not net the equalizer.
After a scoreless first period, the Blues tallied at the 15:18 mark of the
second stanza. Petr Cajanek centered a pass to Backman in the slot and his
slap shot beat a screened Khabibulin to make it 1-0.
Chicago is 3-2 against St. Louis this season...Bondra now has 499 career
goals...The Blackhawks finished 2-for-6 on the power play while the Blues went
1-for-3 on the man advantage...St. Louis has lost six straight home games.
12/12 22:53:38 ET