NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at St. Louis
(Saturday, December 20th)
Final Score: St. Louis 1, Phoenix 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Sean Burke stopped 30 shots, including one from point blank range in the closing seconds to help the Phoenix Coyotes to a 1-1 tie with the St. Louis Blues at the Savvis Center.
The Blues' Pavol Demitra netted a goal on the power play with 6:02 left in the second period to knot the score. Chris Osgood made 24 saves for St. Louis, which had its seven-game win streak snapped, but preserved its nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2) at the same time.
Shane Doan netted his 13th goal of the year for the Coyotes, who are winless in their last four (0-1-3).
With seven seconds remaining in overtime, Eric Nickulas tried to go to the backhand, but he was stoned by Burke right on the doorstep after taking a feed from Demitra.
The save capped a flurry of offense in the last minute of the extra stanza as both teams had odd-man rushes.
Just before, Ossi Vaananen was stopped by Osgood as he streaked into the zone to join a Coyotes' rush up the ice. Ladislav Nagy drew the Blues' lone defender in close before dropping it back for Vaananen's one-timer.
Demitra's power-play goal, his 11th of the season, came when he one-timed a cross-ice feed at the hash marks from Doug Weight. Phoenix winger Landon Wilson fell down on his own in the middle of the ice which gave Weight a wide- open lane to hit Demitra for the score late in the second period.
Doan got the Coyotes on the board first with a shorthanded marker 5:59 into the opening period. Doan skated down the left boards and cut across at the top of the circle, beating Osgood with a wrist shot.
The Blues had the potential tying goal disallowed in the second period when the whistle blew just before the puck went in the net.
St. Louis played without its second-leading scorer as Keith Tkachuk, owner of an eight-game point scoring streak, was scratched with an ankle infection.
St. Louis is undefeated in the month of December (7-0-2)...Doan's shorthanded tally was the first short-handed goal allowed by St. Louis at home since February 20, 2003 against Vancouver...Burke is three wins shy of 300 for his career, while Osgood needs nine to reach 300-win plateau...Alexander Khavanov was injured late in the overtime when he blocked a Daymond Langkow shot with his leg.
12/20 23:16:27 ET