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Boyes scores twice as Blues blank Panthers

Oct 26, 2008 - 6:33 AM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- An explosive effort from the offense eased the St. Louis Blues' pain of being without goaltender Manny Legace. It even overshadowed the fact they may have lost their backup netminder as well.

Brad Boyes scored a pair of goals as the Blues cruised to a 4-0 victory Saturday over the Florida Panthers despite seeing rookie Ben Bishop leave with a lower body injury.

Keith Tkachuk recorded a power-play goal - his eighth of the season - and an assist while Andy McDonald set up three tallies for the Blues, who snapped a two-game skid. Paul Kariya also notched a goal and an assist.

"Our work ethic was more up to the standard that we've had for the greater part of the year," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "That was the difference to me, our level of determination. As a coach, you always grade your team on their play away from the puck, and it was a lot better tonight."

Tkachuk has scored 13 goals in 19 career games against Florida, while Kariya has seven tallies and 12 assists in 17 contests vs. the Panthers.

Starting in place of the injured Legace, Bishop exited early in the third after kicking away the puck while sliding across the crease. He had turned aside five shots in the first period and seven in the second.

"The team was playing great tonight," Bishop said. "I felt comfortable out there and I wasn't nervous. Very disappointing, you never want to have the leave the game."

Marek Schwarz made five saves in relief to secure the shutout.

Bishop replaced Legace in his NHL debut on Friday and allowed two goals on 17 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. He was forced to start this contest by default since regular backup Chris Mason is out for at least another week after undergoing an appendectomy.

St. Louis was able to bounce back after being shut out for the first time this season. In that one, Tkachuk failed to score a goal for the first time in eight games, while Kariya had a career-best nine-game assists streak snapped.

The two veterans, however, made their presence felt on Saturday.

Boyes opened the scoring on the power play with 4:35 left in the first period. Tkachuk took a pass on the doorstep from McDonald and backhanded it to Boyes, who flipped the puck past goaltender Craig Anderson.

"We knew we had to turn it around tonight," McDonald said. "(Friday) was pretty disappointing. We were really flat and we made a lot of mistakes. Tonight, we came out and played a full game. Obviously, we got ahead, and it's nice not to have to overcome a two- or three-goal deficit."

Kariya doubled the lead just 36 seconds into the middle session, and Tkachuk netted a power-play goal with 6:04 remaining in the period for a 3-0 bulge.

Boyes capped the scoring with 4:33 left in the game, tapping in McDonald's rebound from in front.

"Full marks to St. Louis," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "They got beat last night at home, and we knew we'd see their best game tonight. They took it to us. They were ready to play, and they beat us to all loose pucks. They outworked us and they were more disciplined.

"The disappointing part for me is that even though we were at the end of a trip and we maybe didn't have great legs, but we need to figure out a way to hang around in games like this."

Anderson stopped 27 shots for Florida, which had won three of its previous four games. He cited St. Louis' power-play unit, which is second in the NHL at 34.2 percent, as the main reason why his team failed.

"It's a very frustrating night for everybody," Anderson said. "We got in a little bit of penalty trouble there, and they have the best power play in the league. We gave them a couple of goals that way and we took ourselves out of the game a little bit."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0
    ST LOUIS 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 6 (KEITH TKACHUK, ANDY MCDONALD) 15:25
    2ND PRD: STL - PAUL KARIYA 2 (DAVID BACKES) 0:35
    STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 8 (PAUL KARIYA, JAY MCCLEMENT)
    13:56
    3RD PRD: STL - BRAD BOYES 7 (ANDY MCDONALD)

    Oct 25 11:03 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 0
    ST LOUIS 4
    3RD PRD: STL - BRAD BOYES 7 (ANDY MCDONALD) 4:33

    Panthers 0, Blues 4  3rd - 15:27Oct 25 10:33 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 0 0 0
    ST LOUIS 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 6 (KEITH TKACHUK, ANDY MCDONALD) 15:25
    2ND PRD: STL - PAUL KARIYA 2 (DAVID BACKES) 0:35
    STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 8 (PAUL KARIYA, JAY MCCLEMENT)
    13:56
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND

    Oct 25 10:08 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 0
    ST LOUIS 3
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 8 (PAUL KARIYA, JAY MCCLEMENT) 13:56

    Panthers 0, Blues 3  2nd - 6:04Oct 25 9:58 PM
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    Panthers 0, Blues 2  2nd - 8:55Oct 25 9:49 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 0
    ST LOUIS 2
    2ND PRD: STL - PAUL KARIYA 2 (DAVID BACKES) 0:35

    Panthers 0, Blues 2  2nd - 19:25Oct 25 9:31 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 0 0
    ST LOUIS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 6 (KEITH TKACHUK, ANDY MCDONALD) 15:25
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLA 5 5
    STL 8 8
    GOALIES: FLA - CRAIG ANDERS

    Oct 25 9:10 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 0
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 6 (KEITH TKACHUK, ANDY MCDONALD) 15:25

    Panthers 0, Blues 1  1st - 4:35Oct 25 9:05 PM