NHL Game Summary - Washington at St. Louis
(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Washington 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra each had a goal and an assist and Doug Weight added three helpers to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over Washington at the Savvis Center.
Chris Osgood stopped 9-of-10 shots in two periods before leaving the game with a sore hip flexor. Brent Johnson took over in goal for St. Louis and made four saves.
Petr Cajanek and Chris Pronger also scored for the Blues, who have not lost to Washington since 1997.
Dainius Zubrus scored his first goal of the season for Washington, which is 0-4-1 since winning the opener over the New York Islanders. Olaf Kolzig made 23 saves in a losing effort.
A pair of power-play goals put the Blues in front, 2-0, after 20 minutes of play. Demitra fired home his own rebound at 12:25 to open the scoring. Pronger scored with St. Louis skating on a 5-on-3 advantage on a one-timer from the right circle at 14:36.
Demitra set up Cajanek with a rush into the Caps' zone to increase the St. Louis lead to 3-0 at 3:57 of the second period.
Tkachuk scored from the top of the crease on a power play to give the Blues a 4-0 cushion at 6:22 of the middle stanza.
Zubrus got the Capitals on the board at 13:27 of the second.
Blues defenseman Al MacInnis is out indefinitely after the discovery of a torn retina in his left eye. MacInnis underwent surgery on Friday to re-attach the retina and also had a laser procedure performed on the right eye to repair a slightly torn retina...St. Louis improved to 8-0-1 in the last nine meetings with the Caps and has won six straight against Washington at home...Blues defenseman Christian Backman notched his first career point with an assist on Cajanek's goal...The Blues finished 3-for-8 on the power play, while Washington failed in six opportunities with the extra skater.
10/18 23:09:42 ET