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Havlat leads Blackhawks to hard-fought win

Jan 18, 2009 - 6:09 AM
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues had the Chicago Blackhawks right where they wanted them - or so they thought.

Martin Havlat scored 83 seconds into overtime, lifting the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Blues on Saturday.

Troy Brouwer also tallied and Cristobal Huet made 27 saves for the Blackhawks, who posted their first win in three meetings with the Blues this season - all of which have gone beyond regulation.

"They work hard and have some good players. And they play physical, so they are always tough to play, especially here," Huet said. "It's a little bit of a rivalry here, and on a Saturday night in St. Louis, I thought that was a low-scoring, good game."

"It was a very intense game," said Chicago's Joel Quenneville, who coached St. Louis from 1996-2004. "It was a goalie win. Huet was spectacular. He made several miraculous saves. ... They've all been very competitive from start to finish, all three games, where the games have been on the line. We lost a tough one in here last time, and it was nice to see us get a win this time."

David Backes scored and Manny Legace turned aside 19 shots for St. Louis, which had won two straight at home.

Chicago, which suffered an overtime loss at home to the New York Rangers on Friday, jumped to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period of this one.

With Backes in the penalty box for hooking, defenseman Cam Barker unleashed a rising one-timer from the blue line. On its way to the net, the puck was tipped in front by Brouwer, who was credited with his sixth goal of the season with 7:04 remaining in the opening session.

St. Louis believed it had tied the contest at 3:20 of the second period, when Alex Steen unleashed a snap shot that Huet appeared to snag out of mid-air with his glove after it already had entered the net. But video replay officials were unable to find conclusive evidence to overturn the non-goal call on the ice, keeping Chicago ahead.

"It's clearly in the net, but the rule does say you have to be able to see the puck cross the line," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "You can't say the puck was inside his glove. So it's logical it's a goal, but the rule says you have to be able to see the puck."

After a scoreless second, the Blues pulled even with a man-advantage tally of their own. From above the slot, rookie Patrik Berglund dished the puck to Backes, who beat Huet high to the glove side with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle at 3:12.

"Their first goal, I'm sitting in the box for it, so there definitely was a little feeling that I owed the guys a little something there, to be able to put one on the board," Backes said.

It was the 15th goal of the campaign for Backes, who had set a career high with 13 in 2007-08.

But the Blackhawks, who already had lost to the Blues in overtime and a shootout this season, would not be denied.

Defenseman Brent Seabrook unleashed a backhander from the top of the left circle that was stopped by Legace. Havlat grabbed the rebound on the left side, skated behind the net and stuffed in the puck at the right goalpost for his 14th of the campaign.

Afterward, Havlat gave the credit to his teammates rather than accepting it himself.

"I think it was a great play from Bollie (Dave Bolland), and especially from Seabs, getting the puck to the net there," the Czech said. "I think the goalie made a save before I got the puck, so that gave me the chance to go around the left and have a little extra time there."

However, Backes complimented Havlat for his effort.

"That play where he's hard in the zone and wraps one tight, you have to tip your hat to him," Backes said.

With the triumph, Chicago halted a two-game road slide and improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games.






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    CHICAGO 1 0 0 1 2
    ST LOUIS 0 0 1 0 1 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 6 (CAM BARKER, DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN)
    12:56
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 15 (PATRIK BERGLUND, CARLO
    COLAIACOVO) 3:12
    OT: CHI - MARTIN

    Jan 17 11:04 PM


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    CHICAGO 2
    ST LOUIS 1
    OT: CHI - MARTIN HAVLAT 14 (UNASSISTED) 1:23

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    CHICAGO 1 0 0 1
    ST LOUIS 0 0 1 1 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 6 (CAM BARKER, DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN)
    12:56
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID BACKES 15 (PATRIK BERGLUND, CARLO
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    CHICAGO 1
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CHICAGO 1 0 1
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) TROY BROUWER 6 (CAM BARKER, DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN)
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    CHICAGO 1 1
    ST LOUIS 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CHI - (PP) CAM BARKER 4 (DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN, PATRICK KANE)
    12:56
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