NHL Game Summary - Washington at St. Louis
(Saturday, October 27th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Washington 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes scored a pair of goals as the St. Louis Blues edged the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at Scottrade Center.
Eric Brewer and Christian Backman also tallied, while Paul Kariya had a pair of assists for the Blues, who have won two of their last three games and six of nine to start the season. Manny Legace finished with 23 saves.
"Boyes is a great player and he sees the game really well," said Kariya. "He's got that scoring knack of being in the right place at the right time. It's a lot of fun to play with him."
Mike Green lit the lamp twice for Washington, which has not won in St. Louis since posting a 6-4 victory on October 26, 1996, a span of seven games.
Michael Nylander also scored, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and Brent Johnson allowed four goals on 18 shots as the Capitals fell for the sixth time in their last seven games.
"We're pretty happy with the defensive things but we're not scoring enough," said Caps head coach Glen Hanlon. "It seems like every error we make is in our net."
St. Louis scored just 45 seconds into the contest, capitalizing on a Washington turnover in the neutral zone. Boyes corralled the puck, charged across the blue line and with two defenders trailing him, wristed the puck over the glove of Johnson to make it 1-0.
Another Caps' turnover resulted in another goal for the Blues, as Brewer collected the puck, charged along the right side and snapped the disc past Johnson at 8:58 for a 2-0 margin.
Washington cut it to 2-1 just 40 seconds later when Green's harmless-looking shot fluttered over the stick of Legace and just under the crossbar.
Green lit the lamp again to officially erase his team's two-goal deficit when, on the power play, he rifled a slap shot from the top of the left circle through a screen to beat Legace nearly four minutes into the second stanza.
The Blues went back on top with 1:19 remaining in the second when Boyes tallied his second of the night, wristing a shot from the left circle through the legs of Johnson to make it 3-2.
Backman then doubled the lead just 1:11 into the third period when he hammered a slap shot through traffic and beat Johnson high on the stick side to give St. Louis a 4-2 cushion.
Nylander scored on a deflection with a little more than a minute remaining in the contest, but Washington failed to net the equalizer despite pulling its netminder with 1:03 to play.
Boyes has nine points in his last seven games (seven goals, two assists)... Washington signed right wing Alexander Semin to a two-year contract extension on Saturday...Legace made his first start against Washington since a 2-1 win while with Detroit on April 1, 2001...Ovechkin has seven points in his last three games (two goals, five assists)...Washington played without captain Chris Clark, who was hit in the head with an Ovechkin slap shot on Friday and needed stitches in his left ear.
10/27 23:53:40 ET