MONTREAL (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues are getting the most out of
Pavol Demitra had a goal and two assists as St. Louis extended
its NHL-best winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 victory over
the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
The Blues are undefeated in 10 games since a season-opening loss
to Anaheim despite the absence of All-Star defenseman Chris
Pronger, goaltender Brent Johnson and left wing Keith Tkachuk.
''The Blues played a fantastic game -- it's no fluke that they've
won nine in a row,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. ''They
skate well, they battle -- that's the team that's impressed me the
most this year.''
The Blues held a 12-4 margin in shots in the first, but the
Canadiens managed the period's only goal when Bulis drove a shot
between Brathwaite's legs with 1:12 left.
''That might have been our best first period of the year,''
Boguniecki scored his fifth goal 2:58 into the second to tie it
as he got behind defenseman Patrice Brisebois and tapped Demitra's
pass into the crease past goalie Jose Theodore.
Koivu restored Montreal's lead less than 2 minutes later when he
beat Brathwaite with a backhand shot from the edge of the crease at
The Blues tied it on a power play at 8:26 when Rucinsky swept a
shot under Theodore's stick and through his legs.
Demitra put St. Louis up 3-2 with another power-play goal at
15:37 after Scott Mellanby's pass to the slot set him up to shoot
into a wide-open right side.
Weight, who assisted on Demitra's goal, has five goals and
11 assists during an eight-game point streak. ... Blues defenseman
Jeff Finley left the game after he was checked heavily into the
boards by Bill Lindsay about 5 minutes into the first. ...
Canadiens RW Donald Audette was a healthy scratch for the fourth
game in a row.
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Arena: Bell Centre Location: Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Bill McCreary, Scott Zelkin Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 18,700 (87.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jan Bulis (2)
Assists: Andreas Dackell, Joe Juneau
Eric Boguniecki (5)
Assists: Pavol Demitra, Martin Rucinsky
Saku Koivu (4)
Assist: Mariusz Czerkawski
Martin Rucinsky (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Pavol Demitra, Scott Mellanby
Pavol Demitra (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Scott Mellanby, Doug Weight
Eric Boguniecki (6)
Doug Weight (5)
Assists: Eric Boguniecki, Cory Stillman