NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago
(Sunday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Stephane Robidas scored with just 20 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Chicago to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.
Mark Bell and Kyle Calder also lit the lamp as the Blackhawks snapped a brief two-game skid. Craig Anderson made 28 saves to backstop the win for Chicago.
Keith Tkachuk and Eric Weinrich netted goals for the Blues, who have dropped the first two games of their season-long five-game road swing. Chris Osgood turned aside 27 of the 30 shots he faced as St. Louis fell for just the second time in the extra session this season (9-2-7).
Robidas took a feed from Brett McLean, who skated out from behind the net and drew two Blues toward him before sliding a pass to his teammate. Robidas streaked in and one-timed a shot low to the far side from the right hash for the game-winner.
"We never gave up," said Robidas. "I jumped into the play. McLean made an unbelievable play. I wasn't looking for anything in particular. I just wanted a shot on net. I got lucky and it went in."
The goal capped a flurry of scoring chances in overtime. Anderson made a nice save on a long shot by Chris Pronger in the first minute.
Less than a minute later, the Blackhawks had two chances right on the doorstep as Bryan Berard's backhander was stopped by Osgood. The rebound sat right in the crease but Bell got to it a split second after Osgood, who also snagged a wrister by Tuomo Ruutu with a minute to play.
"It's very frustrating," said Tkachuk. "We're desperate, but they looked like the desperate team at the end."
The game was even at 1-1 until St. Louis went ahead on Weinrich's goal with 2:54 left in regulation, 52 seconds after failing on a power play. Jamal Mayers won a faceoff back to Weinrich, who took a few strides to his left before firing a wrister underneath the crossbar that Anderson had trouble seeing through a screen by Mark Rycroft.
However, the Blues found themselves shorthanded just 17 ticks later as defenseman Murray Baron was called for a delay of game when he pushed the net off the pegs as a Chicago player skated behind the net looking for a wraparound.
The Blackhawks cashed in as Calder picked up a stray puck in the slot off a strange bounce on a dump in by Berard. The puck popped up high after apparently hitting a St. Louis stick and after Weinrich had trouble gloving it, Calder picked up the disc to beat a sprawled Osgood.
"I took a stupid penalty and it cost us the game," said Baron.
Tkachuk got the Blues on the board first just 5:42 into the opening stanza. Christian Backman's point shot was wide of the net, but it bounced off the back boards to Pavol Demitra at the right of the net. Demitra corralled the puck and quickly dropped it between his legs to Tkachuk, who was able to send it behind Anderson.
Bell's 18th of the season forged a 1-1 tie 5 1/2 minutes later when he slammed home the rebound of a point shot by Nathan Dempsey.
The second period was scoreless but both teams had opportunities to go ahead. Anderson got a little help from one of his defensemen 2 1/2 minutes in, as Robidas was in the crease to save a one-timer from the right circle by Demitra as Anderson was late sliding across.
Osgood robbed Matt Ellison's bid for his first NHL goal just prior to the midway point of the stanza as he dove across to his right to make a blocker save from point-blank range.
Berard finished with two assists...Fellow defenseman Jim Vandermeer, just acquired from Philadelphia, recorded the secondary assist on the game-winning goal...Chicago ended 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Blues scored once in six chances with the extra skater...The Blackhawks were strong in the faceoff circle, winning 39-of-62 draws...St. Louis is 3-1-0-1 in the last five games.
02/22 20:18:29 ET