NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Tampa Bay
(Friday, March 6th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Tampa Bay 3 (OT)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes scored just 27 seconds into overtime and added two assists to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum.
In the overtime, Boyes accepted a feed from Carlo Colaiacovo at the left point, took a stride towards the net and lasered a shot into the right corner for the win.
Andy McDonald had a goal and three assists, David Backes added a goal and an assist while Keith Tkachuk also lit the lamp for the Blues, who have won four of their last five games. Chris Mason stopped 20 shots in the game.
The win gives St. Louis 66 points on the season and the team is in 12th place in the tight Western Conference playoff chase.
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who have dropped four of five and eight of 10 overall. Karri Ramo was tagged for four goals on 36 shots.
After a scoreless first period, St. Louis drew first blood just 5:43 into the second period on a 4-on-1 break with Boyes sending the disc from the right to the left for the easy redirect by Tkachuk.
McDonald scored at the 9:25 mark of the second when he jammed in a loose puck from the right side of the net while on the power play.
Just 3:28 into the third period while on the power play, Tampa got one back. Vincent Lecavalier used some fancy footwork to get past the defense near the left circle and backhanded the puck down low for a wide open St. Louis, who backhanded the puck over the glove of Mason.
St. Louis got the goal back less than three minutes later on Backes' 19th goal of the season.
However, the Lightning rallied to force overtime.
With under eight minutes to play, the Lightning made it a one-goal game as a short 2-on-1 was capped when Jeff Halpern passed the puck from the right to the left for Matt Pettinger, who leaned to the left and snapped a wrister over Mason's right shoulder.
Tampa then tied the game with just 16.7 seconds to play. With Ramo on the bench for the extra attacker, Stamkos blasted a one-timer from the left point that got through a screen and forced overtime.
St. Louis plays in Florida on Saturday...Tampa hosts Carolina on Saturday...Tampa had won the past two games against St. Louis...It was the first time St. Louis played in Tampa since December 8, 2005. It was the Blues' first win in Tampa since March 24, 2000...Boyes, who leads the team with 26 goals, snapped an eight-game goal drought...Each team scored once on the power play with St. Louis having five chances and Tampa Bay three.
03/06 22:25:20 ET