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Friday, April 11

Updated: April 11, 6:13 PM ET

Demitra plays in win over Canucks


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Pavol Demitra has a special gift for his newborn son, Lukas.

The St. Louis Blues center flew home for the birth of his first child Wednesday, then returned to Vancouver in time to post two assists in his team's 6-0 victory over the Canucks on Thursday night to open the NHL playoffs.

"It was a special game," Demitra said. "It was great. I'm saving that stick for him."

Demitra, the Blues' leading scorer during the regular season, boarded a chartered jet paid for by the team Wednesday afternoon and flew to St. Louis. He arrived around 6 p.m. and was with his wife, Maja, for the birth of their son at around 8:45 p.m.

"I got home before everything started," he said. "It was great timing."

He spent the night in St. Louis, went to the hospital Thursday morning, then got back on the jet. He arrived in Vancouver about two hours before the game.

"I hadn't had much sleep the night before but I got a couple of hours on the plane," he said.

"I was very excited. It was my first child and everything was good. Everything went well and that gave me energy for the game. It was a big game."

Demitra scored 36 goals and 57 assists for 93 points during the regular season.

Against the Canucks, he logged more than 18 minutes of ice time, had two shots and assisted on goals by Keith Tkachuk and Alexander Khavanov.

Tkachuk said Demitra was fueled by excitement.

"You could tell the way he was jumping out there," Tkachuk said. "It was a long day for him. He played on a lot of adrenaline and he played well. That's why he was our best player this year."

Coach Joel Quenneville was worried Demitra might not make it in time for the game.

"That was refreshing for our team when he did get back and was able to play," Quenneville said. "He is important in a lot of ways for our team, be it offensively or just making that top line go. He was huge addition and proved some excitement within the locker room."
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