NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Detroit
(Thursday, April 2nd)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Detroit 4
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - David Backes scored four goals, including the game-winner with 4:07 to play, to lead the playoff-hopeful St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
"I don't know what happened, kind of one of those games where you blackout and the next thing you know people are patting you on the back," Backes said. "It was a great effort by a few of my linemates to set me up for goals."
Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist while Chris Mason made 34 saves for the Blues, who have won six of their last seven games.
The recent surge has allowed St. Louis to get in the playoff hunt and the team currently has 85 points, which is good enough for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Blues are a point behind Anaheim, which beat Vancouver in a shootout Thursday night. St. Louis is also a point ahead of ninth-place Nashville.
Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who have dropped three straight. Ty Conklin made 28 stops in the loss.
"It's frustrating seeing the guys play that well, work that hard and not come away with points," said Conklin, pointing the finger at himself. "It's disappointing to say the least."
Detroit has already clinched the Central Division, but is six points behind San Jose for first place in the NHL with five games to play.
The first four minutes of the third period were busy as the two teams combined for four goals in the beginning of the frame.
Detroit tied the game just 1:13 in on the power play as Lidstrom's shot from the left point went through a screen and snuck past Mason, but the Blues regained the lead just 24 seconds later when Backes completed his first career hat trick.
Conklin tried to play the puck behind the net, but he got pressured and dumped it to the right side where Brad Boyes grabbed it. Boyes tried to pass the puck across the ice, but it kicked off a Detroit player. Fortunately, it went right to Backes, who deposited it past Conklin.
A bit over a minute later, the Blues made it a 4-2 game on the power play when T.J. Oshie threw the puck on net from the right point and McDonald redirected it past Conklin.
However, Detroit scored just 59 seconds later when Johan Franzen made a nifty move to get clear of the defender and smacked the puck into the net from the slot as he was falling to the ice.
With just 4:43 to play, Detroit tied the game when Kronwall found the right corner of the net with a wrister from the slot.
However, the Blues took the lead back just 36 seconds later as Backes snuck a shot into the right corner from the right side.
From there, St. Louis weathered the Detroit storm to hold on for the win.
After a scoreless first period, the Blues took a 1-0 lead as Brad Winchester sent a pass from behind the net to the slot where Backes one-timed it past Conklin 6:02 into the second.
At the 9:26 mark of the second, Backes made it a 2-0 game as Barret Jackman kept in a clear at the right point and threw a shot on net that bounced off the backboards and went to the left side where Backes snuck it home.
However, Detroit answered with 5:17 to play in the second as Lidstrom threw a shot on net from the left point that Pavel Datsyuk tipped past Mason.
St. Louis, which has four games left on the season, plays in Dallas on Saturday...Detroit had won all five games in the series this season...St. Louis went 1-for-4 on the power play while Detroit finished the game 1- for-5...Backes has 30 goals on the season.
04/03 01:19:19 ET