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Boyes, Toivonen help Blues pay back Wild

Sep 29, 2007 - 3:19 AM By Chip Sotolar PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Brad Boyes scored two power-play goals and Hannu Toivonen stopped 22 shots as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, in preseason action Friday.

Doug Weight and Lee Stempniak also tallied for St. Louis, which bounced back from Wednesday's 7-0 loss to Minnesota with a solid effort. The Blues held the Wild scoreless on five power-play opportunities while scoring twice themselves with the man advantage.

The Blues opened the scoring at 4:27 of the first period, when Boyes took a cross-ice pass from Martin Rucinsky and beat goaltender Josh Harding high to the glove side with a backhander.

However, Minnesota bounced back to tie the game as former Blue Pavol Demitra threw a pass across the crease that bounced off St. Louis defenseman Erik Johnson - the first overall pick in 2006 - and changed direction before slipping past Toivonen with 6:09 remaining in the session.

Late in the period, the Blues went back on top as Boyes found Weight, who wristed a shot past Harding from the slot at 17:35.

Boyes scored his second goal of the night 4 1/2 minutes into the middle period to double St. Louis' lead. Stempniak added a shorthander with 4:32 left in the second to cap the scoring.

With just over a minute remaining in the third, Boyes nearly completed a hat trick, but his shot at an empty net rang off the right goalpost.

Harding made 15 saves for Minnesota before giving way to Niklas Backstrom, who yielded one goal on nine shots.

The Blues concluded their exhibition schedule Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks, who visit the Wild on Sunday for Minnesota's preseason finale.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1 0 2
    ST LOUIS 2 2 0 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 1 (MARTIN RUCINSKY, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    4:27
    MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 4 (MARIAN GABORIK) 13:51
    STL - DOUG WEIGHT 1 (BRAD BOYES, BRYCE SALVADOR) 17:35
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 2 (MARTIN KARIYA, LE

    Sep 28 10:59 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1 2
    ST LOUIS 2 2 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 1 (MARTIN RUCINSKY, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    4:27
    MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 4 (MARIAN GABORIK) 13:51
    STL - DOUG WEIGHT 1 (BRAD BOYES, BRYCE SALVADOR) 17:35
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 2 (MART

    Sep 28 10:07 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 2
    ST LOUIS 4
    2ND PRD: STL - (SH) LEE STEMPNIAK 3 (JAY MCCLEMENT, ERIC BREWER) 15:26

    Wild vs. BluesSep 28 10:00 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 2
    ST LOUIS 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD 2 (JAMES SHEPPARD) 13:22

    Wild vs. BluesSep 28 9:54 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 1
    ST LOUIS 3
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 2 (MARTIN KARIYA, LEE STEMPNIAK) 4:25

    Wild vs. BluesSep 28 9:38 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1
    ST LOUIS 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 1 (MARTIN RUCINSKY, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    4:27
    MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 4 (MARIAN GABORIK) 13:51
    STL - DOUG WEIGHT 1 (BRAD BOYES, BRYCE SALVADOR) 17:35
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD T

    Sep 28 9:11 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 1
    ST LOUIS 2
    1ST PRD: STL - DOUG WEIGHT 1 (BRAD BOYES, BRYCE SALVADOR) 17:35

    Wild vs. BluesSep 28 9:08 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 1
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: MIN - PAVOL DEMITRA 4 (MARIAN GABORIK) 13:51

    Wild vs. BluesSep 28 9:02 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 0
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 1 (MARTIN RUCINSKY, CHRISTIAN BACKMAN)
    4:27

    Wild vs. BluesSep 28 8:47 PM
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    Bruins Added 5 roots

    Wild vs. BluesSep 28 5:35 PM