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Boyes' shootout goal lifts Blues over Canadiens

Mar 19, 2008 - 3:49 AM
By Mark Lidbetter PA Sportsticker Contributing Writer

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Brad Boyes scored his 38th goal of the season in regulation and netted the lone shootout tally as the St. Louis Blues snapped a six-game skid Tuesday with a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Keith Tkachuk and Andy McDonald also scored and Paul Kariya recorded a pair of assists for the Blues, who won for just the second time in 14 contests.

"It's nice to win a game. I feel good for our players," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We've been through a lot lately. We played pretty solid in Anaheim and didn't get a win there, so it's nice to beat a team that's been playing very well, and Montreal has been playing very good hockey. I've watched their last three games, so I knew we'd have to play well to beat them. It's very gratifying to beat a good team."

"The poor guys in our dressing room, it's been a real battle for the last month and a half, and coming in here, we knew it was going to be a highly offensive team," St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace said. "They have an unbelievable power play, and every time the ref put up his hand, my heart dropped to my feet. It was a great win for our guys because the mood around here has been horrific."

On coach Guy Carbonneau's 48th birthday, the Canadiens (40-24-10) still managed to earn a point, pulling even with the idle New Jersey Devils (42-24-6) atop the Eastern Conference.

"We know what kind of a game is played at this time of the year," Carbonneau said. "There is no easy game. It's a grinding game, and you have to grind it. I don't think we played a bad game, but to win at this time of the year, you need more than what we did tonight. To come back and save a point was good, but we missed an opportunity to gain two points from a team we should beat. The only reason was because our work ethic was not high enough."

"I think we played a little too cute. If we had played them straight ahead, I think we would have beaten them," Montreal's Christopher Higgins added. "It's disappointing. Those are games where you are supposed to get the two points. It was definitely a game where we should have had more than one point."

Legace stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime before turning aside three more in the shootout. The All-Star denied captain Saku Koivu, Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexei Kovalev while Boyes beat rookie netminder Jaroslav Halak with a backhander in the second round of the shootout.

"I was coming down and (the puck) started rolling on me a little bit, so I was a little bit nervous about settling it down," Boyes said. "I stayed with it and made a move to get it up over (Halak's) pad, and I got lucky - it hit the goalpost. I don't know if it hit off of him or went straight in, but I saw the red light go on and I was happy."

St. Louis opened the scoring at 4:51 of the first period during a 5-on-3 advantage. With the Blues controlling the play in the offensive zone, Kariya faked a shot and sent a pass back to defenseman Erik Johnson at the top of the slot.

The rookie unleashed a one-timer that Tkachuk tipped into the top right corner of the net for his 22nd goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

Higgins ended a goalless drought with his first in 10 contests when he backhanded Sergei Kostitsyn's pass from behind the net under Legace's pads at 11:28 to pull Montreal even at 1-1.

Higgins helped give the Canadiens the lead when he set up Koivu's power-play goal at 9:32 of the second.

After receiving a pass from Michael Ryder just to the left of Legace, Higgins fired a shot that was stopped. The rebound went to an unattended Koivu, who beat Legace from the edge of the crease for a 2-1 edge.

St. Louis wasted little time getting the equalizer as McDonald replied 47 seconds later. Captain Eric Brewer fired a long lead pass from just outside his own zone to McDonald, who stepped into his shot and banked it in off the left goal post at 10:19.

Boyes restored the lead for the Blues with 4:03 remaining in the period. Kariya peeled out of the right corner and fired the puck across the crease to Boyes, who one-timed it past a sprawling Halak for a 3-2 advantage.

"I find that when we play a team from the (Western Conference), I don't know if it's because they are used to playing that kind of a grinding game, but the battle along the boards, in the second period, they were stronger than us," Carbonneau said.

The rookie tandem of Sergei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski teamed up to knot the contest at 6:36 of the third. Sergei Kostitsyn skated in from the left side and made a perfect cross-slot pass to Grabovski, who wristed the puck over the left shoulder of Legace for his second of the season.

Despite the fact Montreal came back in the third to gain a point, Koivu was not satisfied with his team's effort.

"We can take the point, but at the same time, we didn't play for 60 minutes," Koivu said. "I thought the first period, we played good, we played our style, and then in the third, we were behind and we were able to get some offense and get some chances, but it just wasn't a consistent three periods tonight.

"They came out hard. Our execution wasn't there as much as it has been lately, so it's learn from our mistakes and look at what we did well, and then do some fine-tuning for the playoffs."








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    MONTREAL 1 1 1 0 (0) 3 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
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    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) ERIK JOHNSON 5 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 4:51
    MON - CHRIS HIGGINS 22 (SERGEI KOSTITSYN, MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI)
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    ST LOUIS 1 2 0 0 3
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    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) ERIK JOHNSON 5 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 4:51
    MON - CHRIS HIGGINS 22 (SERGEI KOSTITSYN, MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI)
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    ST LOUIS 1 2 0 3
    MONTREAL 1 1 1 3 GOING INTO OT
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    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) ERIK JOHNSON 5 (PAUL KARIYA, ANDY MCDONALD) 4:51
    MON - CHRIS HIGGINS 22 (SERGEI KOSTITSYN, MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI)
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    ST LOUIS 3
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    2ND PRD: STL - BRAD BOYES 38 (PAUL KARIYA, KEITH TKACHUK) 15:57

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    ST LOUIS 2
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    2ND PRD: STL - ANDY MCDONALD 15 (ERIC BREWER) 10:19

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