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Tkachuk records 1,000th point in victory over Thrashers

Dec 1, 2008 - 5:43 AM By Phil Foley PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Keith Tkachuk ended a long power play slump for the St. Louis Blues and made history along the way. Brad Boyes made sure that St. Louis' next chance with the man advantage was fruitful as well.

Tkachuk became the 72nd player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with a power-play tally in the second period and Boyes scored the game winner in the third, leading the Blues to a 4-2 win over the listless Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena.

David Backes scored his fourth goal of the season and Chris Mason set aside 28 shots for St. Louis, which recorded a season-best 47 shots on net.

"It was nice to go into the second period and get a goal to tie it up," Tkachuk said. "It was exciting to celebrate and have the guys come out on the ice. This was a big win."

The St. Louis power play unit has struggled of late, misfiring on 11 straight chances entering its matinee matchup in Atlanta before failing to convert on its first opportunity here.

Tkachuk and the Blues made chance No. 13 a historic one.

The 1990 first round pick took advantage of an opportunistic rebound, banging the puck past Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to notch his 1,000th career point with 4:57 remaining in the second period to knot the game at 2-2.

"I was in the right place at the right time," Tkachuk said.

And the right place was on his knees as the hard working center fell to the ice as he was lofting in the milestone tally into the net.

"I saw the puck (go in)," Tkachuk said. "I guess it's fitting to get a goal on the power play like that. It's really cool."

His teammates rushed onto the ice to congratulate the four-time All-Star, who became just sixth American to eclipse the quadruple digits plateau.

"Most of Tkachuk's goals have come two feet in front of the net," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "It was kind of special to be a part of that."

Tkachuk, who briefly played with the Thrashers during their only playoff run in 2007, was given a standing ovation by the crowd when the milestone was announced.

Atlanta coach John Anderson, whose club is 1-5-1 over its last five games, was one of the few not celebrating Tkachuk's accomplishment.

"Congratulations to him on the goal," Anderson said. "But I would rather it have been to someone other than us."

The Blues celebrated what would be the game-winning goal on their next power play opportunity.

With Ron Hainsey in the box for hooking, Carlo Colaiacovo feigned a shot, but instead dished the puck to Boyes in the slot, who blasted the puck past Pavelec from the doorstep at 11:45 of the third period.

"My initial plan was to shoot," Colaiacovo said. "I saw two guys coming at me. I saw Boyes all by himself and I tried to get it to him. He made a great play at the net."

Center Jeff McClement added his firth goal of the season with an empty net tally with 2.6 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

"I thought maybe after the 10 minute mark of the second period, we stopped competing," Anderson said. "And (St. Louis) was a team that played yesterday. They just dominated us. We have to compete more. We've stopped competing."

The blistering Blues attack battered Atlanta netminder Pavelec, who steered aside 43 shots.

"Ondrej played a (heck) of a game," blueliner Niclas Havelid said. "He played an unbelievable game and we hung him out to dry."

Backes opened the scoring by chipping in a rebound from the doorstep 4:38 into the contest to post St. Louis to a 1-0 lead before Colby Armstrong followed with a tally at the 6:32 mark.

The Atlanta right wing grabbed the rebound from blueliner Ron Hainsey's blast and poked it past St. Louis netminder Chris Mason to tie the contest at 1-1.

Niclas Havelid followed with a wrister from the blueline past a screened Mason, giving Atlanta a one-goal lead at 18:35 of the first period. The goal was the first of the year for the Atlanta defenseman, who last found the net on November 21, 2007 at the Washington Capitals.

"I just tried to get the puck in front of the net on my goal, hoping to hit someone and have it go in, but it went straight in," Havelid said. "It was a lucky goal. I was a little surprised, but sometimes, they go in."






  • MattDOOM777 Awesome!

    Blues 4, Thrashers 2  FinalNov 30 11:41 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 1 1 2 4
    ATLANTA 2 0 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 4 (BRANDON CROMBEEN, JEFF WOYWITKA) 4:38
    ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 4 (RON HAINSEY) 6:32
    ATL - NICLAS HAVELID 1 (VYACHESLAV KOZLOV, TODD WHITE) 18:35
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 11 (ERIC BREWER, PA

    Nov 30 5:33 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 4
    ATLANTA 2
    3RD PRD: STL - (EN) JAY MCCLEMENT 1 (UNASSISTED) 19:57

    Blues 4, Thrashers 2  3rd - 0:03Nov 30 5:32 PM


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    ST LOUIS 3
    ATLANTA 2
    3RD PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD BOYES 12 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, JEFF WOYWITKA)
    11:45

    Blues 3, Thrashers 2  3rd - 8:15Nov 30 5:17 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 1 1 2
    ATLANTA 2 0 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 4 (BRANDON CROMBEEN, JEFF WOYWITKA) 4:38
    ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 4 (RON HAINSEY) 6:32
    ATL - NICLAS HAVELID 1 (VYACHESLAV KOZLOV, TODD WHITE) 18:35
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 11 (ER

    Nov 30 4:36 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 2
    ATLANTA 2
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 11 (ERIC BREWER, PATRIK BERGLUND)
    15:03

    Blues 2, Thrashers 2  2nd - 4:57Nov 30 4:31 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 1 1
    ATLANTA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 4 (BRANDON CROMBEEN, JEFF WOYWITKA) 4:38
    ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 4 (RON HAINSEY) 6:32
    ATL - NICLAS HAVELID 1 (VYACHESLAV KOZLOV, TODD WHITE) 18:35
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOT

    Nov 30 3:45 PM


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    ST LOUIS 1
    ATLANTA 2
    1ST PRD: ATL - NICLAS HAVELID 1 (VYACHESLAV KOZLOV, TODD WHITE) 18:35

    Blues 1, Thrashers 2  1st - 1:25Nov 30 3:45 PM


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    ST LOUIS 1
    ATLANTA 1
    1ST PRD: ATL - COLBY ARMSTRONG 4 (RON HAINSEY) 6:32

    Blues 1, Thrashers 1  1st - 13:28Nov 30 3:18 PM


  • NHL
    ST LOUIS 1
    ATLANTA 0
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 4 (BRANDON CROMBEEN, JEFF WOYWITKA) 4:38

    Blues 1, Thrashers 0  1st - 15:22Nov 30 3:16 PM
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    Blues vs. ThrashersNov 30 3:48 AM