NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at NY Islanders
(Saturday, March 6th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Keith Tkachuk scored the game-winning tally and assisted on another as the St. Louis Blues skated past the New York Islanders, 4-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Chris Osgood was stellar in net in his first game against his former team, turning aside 39 shots for the win, the first for St. Louis in six games under new head coach Mike Kitchen (1-3-2). Pavol Demitra and Mark Rycroft also lit the lamp as the Blues halted a seven-game winless slide (0-4-2-1). Petr Cajanek cemented the victory with an empty-netter in the closing seconds.
"More than anything, we just need points," said Osgood. "It's hard to think about other things when we're in the position we're in."
Jason Blake and Mark Parrish tallied for the Islanders, who saw their winless streak extended to four games (0-2-1-1). Rick DiPietro made only 14 saves on 17 shots for the loss.
St. Louis made it 2-0 midway through the second period when Rycroft jammed home a loose puck in front as DiPietro was down on his stomach with Blake on top of him. DiPietro fell to the ice after a save on Pascal Rheaume.
The Isles finally got to Osgood on Blake's goal with 8:01 remaining in the second. Blake backhanded a puck towards the net from just inside the blue line that went into the net.
New York came close to tying in just a minute later but Adrian Aucoin's shot from the right boards rang off the post and across the goal crease.
Parrish netted his 16th of the season, and third in three games, with just 34 seconds to go to forge a 2-2 tie. He crashed the net to chip home a rebound of a shot right off the draw by Shawn Bates.
The stalemate didn't last long as, the Blues struck back 14 seconds later as Tkachuk capped a wild last-minute flurry with his 27th of the season. The Blues rushed up the ice after the center-ice faceoff and Tkachuk re-directed a feed across the slot from Mike Sillinger to quickly put St. Louis back on top.
"We played well," said Parrish. "We just didn't play desperate enough. There were other times when we were lackadaisical not knocking guys down in front of our own net."
The Islanders continued to pepper Osgood in the third period, but the netminder was up to the task, making 16 saves.
"We were a little sloppy," said Kitchen. "We were unsure of ourselves in the third period."
With DiPietro pulled for an extra attacker, Dave Scatchard botched a scoring chance in the final 30 seconds when he fanned on a one-timer attempt in the slot.
"We were skating pretty well," said Isles captain Michael Peca. "But we missed on a couple that we'd like to have a second chance at also."
Cajanek slid the puck the length of the ice after taking an errant pass by Cliff Ronning to put the exclamation point on the win.
Osgood had a strong first period, stopping 12 shots to keep the Isles off the board. Demitra scored the first goal of the contest 5:25 into the middle stanza when he slammed home a feed from Tkachuk in the slot for his 19th on the season.
Sillinger registered two assists in his first game with the Blues...Both teams finished 0-for-3 on the power play.
03/06 23:19:20 ET