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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 Arena.

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 right now."

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 contest.

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 at 12:13.

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.

Game Notes

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 condition.

03/24 18:22:54 ET


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