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Berglund lifts Blues over Red Wings

Dec 7, 2011 - 7:14 AM
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Patrik Berglund's goal early in the third period proved the be the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2.

Alexander Steen and David Backes also netted goals for the Blues, who snapped a two-game losing skid.

Brian Elliott stopped 27-of-29 shots in the win.

"It's a confidence booster," Elliot said of the win. "It's a big step for us."

Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler tallied for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight after a seven-game winning streak.

Jimmy Howard made 23 saves in defeat.

The Red Wings got on the board first with a power-play tally 7:42 into the second period. Franzen received the puck inside the left circle, and maneuvered just right of the crease before lifting his shot past Elliot.

But the Blues tied it just 1:38 later on the power play when Steen's slap shot beat Howard from the high slot.

The Blues got a pair of goals in the opening three minutes of the final period to take a 3-1 lead.

T.J. Oshie, who positioned himself left of the net, made a nice feed across the crease to Backes, who tipped it home on the power play 45 seconds into the final period.

Berglund's goal came 1:53 later. He flew down the ice on a 2-on-2 break, and unleashed a blistering shot from the high slot into the upper-left corner.

Hudler added a power-play goal with 1:20 to go, but the Blues were able to hang on for the victory.

"They're a good defensive team," Franzen said. "When you fall behind, it's tough to come back."

Game Notes

St. Louis came into the game last in the NHL with just eight power-play goals, but lit the lamp twice on the man advantage on Tuesday...Howard's seven-game winning streak in net was snapped.