NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at NY Islanders
(Thursday, March 1st)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Lee Stempniak's power-play goal 25 seconds into overtime sent the St. Louis Blues past the New York Islanders, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Jay McClement and Petr Cajanek also scored for the Blues, who have won five of their last six games. Doug Weight and Jeff Woywitka picked up two assists each, and Curtis Sanford made 25 stops to earn the win.
Mike Sillinger and Marc-Andre Bergeron tallied for the Islanders, who had their four-game win streak snapped. Rick DiPietro lost despite a 36-save performance.
The game-winner came as a result of DiPietro's holding-the-stick penalty late in regulation, which found the Blues on a four-on-three man advantage in the extra session.
Set up in the New York zone, defenseman Eric Brewer held the puck at the point and slipped a pass across to Stempniak, whose one-timer from the left circle zipped along the ice and beat DiPietro on the short side.
"I thought we played hard all night and got lots of shots and pucks on the net," said Kings head coach Andy Murray. "Finally a couple went in for us. I thought for the 60 minutes we carried the game tonight."
New York earned a point for losing in overtime, thereby moving alone into seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race with 73 points, one ahead of idle Montreal and one behind sixth-seed Atlanta.
The contest was the Long Island debut of Ryan Smyth, acquired Tuesday for a pair of prospects and a draft pick, and he wasted little time in having an impact on his new team.
On the power play, Smyth collected a loose puck in his own zone and started on a 2-on-1 break up the left side. The gritty winger held until reaching the left circle before slipping a pass to Sillinger, and the well-traveled veteran slid a backhander into an open net at 10:16.
"You just try to fit in and be a part of it and open things up for the guys," said Smyth. "It just so happened to be on the power play and Sillinger made a good move on the goalie and slid it in."
40 seconds into the second period, Bergeron's 40-footer from along the goal line near the left boards deflected off Blues defenseman Bryce Salvador and past Sanford for a 2-0 Isles lead.
Facing the ugly specter of a shutout loss, the visitors struck twice to pull even late in regulation and shock the Islanders, who appeared to have the game well in hand.
McClement's score off a loose puck in front with 2:31 to go made it a one-goal contest, then 38 seconds later Cajanek tipped in Weight's wrister from the bottom of the left circle and the game was knotted, 2-2.
The meltdown continued when DiPietro was penalized with 20.4 seconds to play, and the Islanders barely held on to send the game into overtime.
"That's the way we've played our last three games here," Sillinger said. "We get a two or three-goal lead and we just seem to let the other team back in the game. One thing we can learn from this game is to take a page out of their book."
The Blues have won four of the last six meetings...Already playing without Keith Tkachuk and Bill Guerin due to recent trades, St. Louis was also without forward Martin Rucinsky, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a hip problem...The Blues went 1-of-5 on the power play, and the Islanders scored on their lone chance.
03/02 00:34:37 ET