NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at St. Louis
(Saturday, February 14th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Eric Boguniecki scored on a beautiful deflection at 2:06 of overtime, helping St. Louis get back on the winning track with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Savvis Center.
Keith Tkachuk contributed a goal and two assists and Doug Weight dished out a pair of assists for the Blues, who snapped a two-game skid and won for just the second time in 12 tries (2-9-1).
Chris Osgood made 22 saves in the winning effort for St. Louis, which had registered just seven goals in its previous six games.
Sebastien Caron helped the Penguins earn a point with 23 saves, but it was not enough to keep Pittsburgh from dropping its franchise-record 14th straight game.
St. Louis allowed an early 2-0 lead to slip away, but Boguniecki helped his team pick up the win with a great deflection in overtime. Newly-acquired defenseman Eric Weinrich held the puck in at the point and fired a shot that would have went way wide of the net. Boguniecki, however, redirected the puck past Caron with 2:54 to play in the extra session to produce the St. Louis victory.
"I don't know what I have on that blade but sometimes the ones you're not supposed to score go in," said Boguniecki.
The Blues scored two power-play goals in a 1:10 span in the first period. Tkachuk notched the game's first tally when he slammed home an easy one from the right post. Good puck movement allowed the puck to get to Tkachuk for the goal 8:26 into the contest.
"We still have a lot to learn here," said Tkachuk referring to his team's play of late. "If anyone thinks we're playing good, you're crazy. We all still have to pick it up."
An interference penalty shortly after the Tkachuk goal put the Blues on the power play once again. And again the Blues made the Penguins pay. A great cross-ice feed from Chris Pronger to Christian Backman, creeping in from the left point, allowed St. Louis to build a 2-0 lead.
The Penguins scored the only goal of the second period to cut the deficit in half. A turnover by the Blues deep in their own territory allowed Pittsburgh to pressure. Rico Fata eventually had the puck behind the cage and spotted Tom Kostopoulos cutting toward the net. Fata put the puck in front for Kostopoulos, who was tripped up but still managed to slam it home while falling to the ice at 11:41 of the second, making it a 2-1 game.
Caron was excellent for the Penguins, stopping all 10 shots that came his way in the second period to keep the contest close. Malone then tied the game just 1:44 into the third period, flying by a pair of St. Louis defenders before sliding the puck past Osgood.
Pittsburgh produced a majority of the scoring opportunities in the third period, but still needed to kill a costly penalty in the final minutes to send the game into overtime.
Osgood made two brilliant saves early in the extra session. The first came when he denied Brian Holzinger from in close, but the better of the two saves came when he denied Ric Jackman's point-blank rebound attempt while stationed on his back. Moments later, the Blues scored to capture the two points.
St. Louis won for the first time in six home tilts (1-4-1)...Pittsburgh has also lost 16 of its last 17 games. Additionally, the Penguins have dropped seven straight on opposition ice...The Penguins last won on January 12 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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