NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at St. Louis
(Thursday, February 18th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Tampa Bay 3 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Doug Weight scored on a rebound just 1:06 into overtime, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over red-hot Tampa Bay at the Savvis Center.
Christian Backman, Eric Boguniecki and Bryce Salvador also scored for the Blues, who extended their winning streak to three games.
"I think we're just re-establishing the building blocks we started the season with," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said. "We want to try to recapture the feeling we had, and we feel we're headed in the right direction."
Chris Osgood made 20 saves for the victory, improving his lifetime mark to 14-0 against Tampa Bay.
The Lightning lost for the first time in six games (4-1-1) and for just the second time in their last 13 (10-2-1). They got goals from Ruslan Fedotenko, Cory Stillman and Pavel Kubina and 25 saves in net from Nikolai Khabibulin.
Kubina's goal with 7:19 remaining in the third period knotted the score at 3-3 just 1:13 seconds after Salvador's wrister in the slot had given the Blues their first lead of the game.
But Weight scored the game-winner easily in the extra stanza, finding himself all alone in front of Khabibulin for the rebound off Eric Weinrich's slap shot. Dallas Drake also picked up an assist on the play, his third helper of the game.
"It bounced to my backhand and I figure I threw about six of them into his pads, so I held it a second, took it to my forehand and was able to get it upstairs," Weight said. "He's an amazing goaltender, but it went in."
Tampa Bay, a scorching 15-2-1-2 over their previous 20 games coming in, didn't register a shot in overtime.
In the first period, Khabibulin held the Blues scoreless on eight shots and Fedotenko made it 1-0 at 13:04 when he jumped on a rebound in front, beating a sprawled Osgood for his 12th of the season.
St. Louis tied it up early in the second when Backman's slapshot from the point sailed over Khabibulin's right shoulder at 3:45.
Stillman, who played with St. Louis from 2000-2003, then scored on a tight- angle wrister later in the second to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead heading into the final period, but Boguniecki's backhand goal from the slot at 4:26 of the third tied it again.
"You always want to come back and show the team you played against that they miss you," Stillman said. "It would have been great to have been the difference."
Stillman added an assist for Tampa Bay...Each team was scoreless on four power play opportunities...Drake was playing in his 800th career game.
02/20 00:08:02 ET