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Perron, Backes keep Blues rolling

Mar 11, 2009 - 5:28 AM
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- David Perron scored twice and David Backes added a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Brad Winchester and Keith Tkachuk also tallied and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo added a pair of assists for St. Louis, which has won five of its last seven games.

Chris Mason made 20 saves for the Blues (30-28-8), who climbed within three points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"This is what playoff teams do, but a lot more than once in a while," Tkachuk said. "We have to play three good periods every night - sometimes more."

Rookie James Neal and Mike Ribeiro scored for the Stars, who have lost eight of their last 10 (2-7-1). Dallas is just two points ahead of St. Louis in the standings.

"They are catching people in a hurry, and soon they're going to catch us," Stars center Mike Modano said. "We've got to come out of the gate better at both ends."

Entering with two losses in their previous three games, the Blues took the lead for good just 59 seconds into this one as Backes extended his goal-scoring streak to three games with his 22nd of the season.

"That first goal was exactly the type of game we were talking about playing," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We did a lot of good things in the first period."

Perron made it 2-0 at 6:32 of the first period, skating around defenseman Nicklas Grossman in the left faceoff circle and beating goaltender Marty Turco.

"We started the game strong. That was the key," Perron said. "When you see David get a big goal like that for us early, we just had to keep it going, and that's what we did. Everybody was into this one tonight."

Winchester capped St. Louis' three-goal session - and ended Turco's night - by backhanding his own rebound into the net during a power play with 8:04 left.

Turco stopped just five of eight shots before being replaced by Tobias Stephan, who finished with 17 saves.

"You always expect to do your best, even when you're not feeling your best," Turco said. "You work hard on the fundamentals and you rely on them, but it wasn't my night."

"It felt very good to get (Turco) out of there," St. Louis' T.J. Oshie said.

Neal got Dallas on the board with a man-advantage goal at 5:20 of the middle period, but Perron restored St. Louis' three-goal bulge less than five minutes later.

"He's a good player when he manages his energy level and doesn't overstep it," Murray said of Perron. "He does good things."

Ribeiro again drew the Stars within two at 11:37 before Tkachuk concluded the scoring with a power-play tally with 4:20 remaining in the session.






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    Stars 2, Blues 5  FinalMar 10 11:31 PM


  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 2 0 2
    ST LOUIS 3 2 0 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 22 (ALEX STEEN, JAY MCKEE) 0:59
    STL - DAVID PERRON 10 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, MIKE WEAVER) 6:32
    STL - (PP) BRAD WINCHESTER 11 (BRAD BOYES, ROMAN POLAK)
    11:56
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) JAMES NEAL 22 (MIKE MODA

    Mar 10 11:09 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 2 2
    ST LOUIS 3 2 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 22 (ALEX STEEN, JAY MCKEE) 0:59
    STL - DAVID PERRON 10 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, MIKE WEAVER) 6:32
    STL - (PP) BRAD WINCHESTER 11 (BRAD BOYES, ROMAN POLAK)
    11:56
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) JAMES NEAL

    Mar 10 10:15 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 2
    ST LOUIS 5
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) KEITH TKACHUK 20 (BRAD BOYES, CARLO COLAIACOVO)
    15:40

    Stars 2, Blues 5  2nd - 4:20Mar 10 10:07 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 2
    ST LOUIS 4
    2ND PRD: DAL - MIKE RIBEIRO 18 (UNASSISTED) 11:37

    Stars 2, Blues 4  2nd - 8:23Mar 10 9:58 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    ST LOUIS 4
    2ND PRD: STL - (PP) DAVID PERRON 11 (T.J. OSHIE) 9:59

    Stars 1, Blues 4  2nd - 10:01Mar 10 9:54 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 1
    ST LOUIS 3
    2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) JAMES NEAL 22 (MIKE MODANO, TREVOR DALEY) 5:20

    Stars 1, Blues 3  2nd - 14:40Mar 10 9:47 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DALLAS 0 0
    ST LOUIS 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 22 (ALEX STEEN, JAY MCKEE) 0:59
    STL - DAVID PERRON 10 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, MIKE WEAVER) 6:32
    STL - (PP) BRAD WINCHESTER 11 (BRAD BOYES, ROMAN POLAK)
    11:56
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND

    Mar 10 9:23 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 0
    ST LOUIS 3
    1ST PRD: STL - (PP) BRAD WINCHESTER 11 (BRAD BOYES, ROMAN POLAK) 11:56

    Stars 0, Blues 3  1st - 8:04Mar 10 9:05 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 0
    ST LOUIS 2
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID PERRON 10 (CARLO COLAIACOVO, MIKE WEAVER) 6:32

    Stars 0, Blues 2  1st - 13:28Mar 10 8:51 PM


  • NHL
    DALLAS 0
    ST LOUIS 1
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID BACKES 22 (ALEX STEEN, JAY MCKEE) 0:59

    Stars 0, Blues 1  1st - 19:01Mar 10 8:41 PM