NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Detroit|
(Saturday, March 24th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Detroit 2 (SO)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Doug Weight scored the lone tally of a bizarre
shootout, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, at Joe Louis
In the second round of the shootout, Weight's wrist shot slid between the pads
of Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek, who slid backwards and tried to keep the
puck underneath him. The disc never stopped, though, and the replay showed the
puck clearly crossed the goal line.
Dan Cleary was the final skater for the Red Wings, and the officials were
faced with a nearly identical situation. The puck went between the legs of
Jason Bacashihua, who went down in the butterfly and appeared to trap the puck
between his skates. The replay showed the netminder had, in fact, stopped
the puck, which only dropped when Bacashihua moved his left leg and was kicked
over the goal line.
"I was watching the ref the whole time and he called no goal," said
Bacashihua. "I just tried to stop myself as close as I could to the goal line.
The refs were right there. I opened my legs up and the thing fell right in
front of the goal line. It didn't go in. I didn't see it before that. I knew
it was under me somewhere."
"Having friends and family here and watching, it's a great feeling,"
Bacashihua added. "It's been awhile since I've won a game. It's good to get
back and play in front of these guys (his teammates). They're playing well
Tomas Mojzis tallied his first career goal and Brad Boyes also scored for St.
Louis, which snapped a two- game slide. Bacashihua finished with 40 saves to
record his first win of the season and first overall since April 9, 2006.
Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula scored for the Red Wings, who have lost four
straight, along with their hold on the top spot in the Western Conference.
With 101 points, the team remains tied with the Predators, who play in
Edmonton on Saturday night. Detroit and Nashville will meet for the final time
this season on Thursday.
Hasek made 17 saves for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings tied it with 7:17 remaining in the game, as Mathieu Schneider
took a stride over the blue line before ripping a slapshot at Bachashihua. The
netminder made the initial save but could not swallow the rebound, which
kicked right back to Filppula, who buried the puck in the back of the net.
Both sides had chances to end it with an odd-man rush in overtime. Atlanta's
was broken up, and Bacashihua made a sliding save on Robert Lang's chance for
Detroit at the other end.
St. Louis also had a power play to close out the extra session, but couldn't
convert in the 4-on-3 advantage.
The Blues drew first blood on a delayed penalty call, as Mojzis took a
backhand shot before sending his own rebound past Hasek just 4:36 into the
Then, at 6:32 in the opening session, Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda was
drilled from behind in the right corner of the Red Wings' zone by Blues left
winger Ville Nieminen. Lebda appeared to hit the glass where the metal divider
meets the panels and fell to the ice.
Members of Detroit's medical staff immobilized Lebda, who was placed in a neck
brace before being escorted off on the stretcher. He also appeared to be cut,
though the team did not say if he needed stitches.
Lebda was taken to the Detroit Medical Center for evaluation, and the team
said in a statement he had suffered a concussion but was alert and awake.
Nieminen was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.
"Obviously, you look at who did it and I don't care what they say,
(Nieminen's) got a habit of hitting from behind and that's all
you've got to say," said Detroit's Chris Chelios. "Hopefully the league should
know by now. It's pretty easy to see that's what he does."
Boyes made it 2-0 on a backhand shot at the tail end of Detroit's five-minute
power play. It was 2-on-2 in front of the crease, but Boyes ripped a shot
from the slot that caromed right back to him. He made good on the second
chance, sending the puck underneath the stick of Hasek on the low right side
Hudler's power play marker pulled Detroit within 2-1 in the middle stanza.
With increasing pressure in the offensive zone, the Red Wings moved the puck
quickly, and after taking a feed from Mikael Samuelsson, Hudler tallied on a
the wrister at 7:05.
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had a 12-game point streak come to an end. He had five
goals and 13 assists during the run...The Red Wings won the season series
4-2-2 against the division rival Blues...Detroit was 1-for-5 on the power
play, while St. Louis did not convert on its five chances...Blues' defenseman
Barret Jackman appeared to injure his right knee with 2:20 remaining in the
game. He did not return and no update was immediately available on his
03/24 18:22:54 ET