ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Boston goalie Felix Potvin learned never to
take anything for granted after the Bruins lost in overtime Tuesday
night to the St. Louis Blues.
Doug Weight scored with 41 seconds left in overtime, giving the
St. Louis a 4-3 victory after Keith Tkachuk tied the game for the
Blues with 29 seconds left in regulation.
"It just goes to show you that it's never over until it's over,
I think," Potvin said. "We had them where we wanted to have them
and they made a pretty good play at the end to tie it."
Weight hit a shot from the faceoff circle, giving the Blues
their fifth consecutive home victory. At the other end before
Weight's goal, Blues goalie Chris Osgood made a big save on a shot
by Sergei Samsonov.
"It was a big win for our team," Weight said. "With five
minutes left being down 3-2, it was pretty disheartening. But to
come out of this with a win is great."
The Blues pulled Osgood with 55 seconds remaining, and Weight
stopped Samsonov from scoring into an empty net.
"It would be nice if I knew there was an empty net," Weight
said. "I was able to get a really good hook -- a legal hook on him
-- and kind of pin him between my body and stick and just took it
out. I was fortunate. It saved the day."
Tkachuk was parked in front of the net when the rebound of a
shot by Scott Mellanby came right to him. Tkachuk put the puck back
past Potvin in for his 11th goal.
"We're finding ways to win," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville
said. "You don't expect to win like this very often. We won't but
we'll take it."
This was the only meeting between the two first-place clubs this
season. In their lone meeting last season in Boston, the Blues won
4-0. Boston has won just once in its last 11 meetings with St.
Louis. The Blues have won the last five meetings.
The Blues are 10-4-1 in one-goal games to rank first in the NHL
this season. St. Louis has won seven of its last nine games and is
3-0-0 the season against teams from the Western Conference.
The Bruins, trailing 2-1 after two periods, scored twice in the
third. Nick Boynton beat Mellanby to a rebound of a shot by Mike
Knuble at the 9:50 mark. The puck was loose in the slot and Boynton
knocked it past Osgood for his first goal.
The Bruins tied it 2-2 when Joe Thornton scored at 1:20.
Thorton's wrist shot from the top of the slot clanged off the
crossbar and went in for his fourth goal to go along with 18
Boston took advantage of an errant pass to take a 1-0 lead in
the second period. Osgood attempted to clear the puck but he
mistakenly passed it to Bruins right wing Martin Lapointe, who
The Blues came right back and scored twice in the period,
outshooting Boston 13-5. The Bruins, ranked last in the league in
penalty killing, blanked St. Louis on two power-play opportunities.
Pavol Demitra scored his eighth goal just 2:38 after Lapointe
scored to make it 1-1. Alexander Khavanov passed the puck in from
the point and Demitra beat Potvin to hike his scoring streak to
Rookie Mark Rycroft scored his first career goal to give the
Blues a 2-1 lead. Dallas Drake fed Rycroft, who was at the top of
the slot. Rycroft banged home the slap shot to score after 28 games
with the Blues.
A goal was taken away from Demitra with 4:49 remaining when it
was ruled he directed the puck into the net with a high stick.<
^Notes@: St. Louis is 7-1 at home this season, its best start since
2000-2001 when the Blues started 6-0-1 at home. ... Boston's P. J.
Axelsson is one assist shy of 100 in his career. ... Boston is
8-1-1 against Western Conference teams this season.
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Arena: Scottrade Center Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Chris Rooney Linesmen: Andy McElman, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 17,504 (91.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Martin Lapointe (5)
Pavol Demitra (8)
Assists: Alexander Khavanov, Scott Mellanby
Mark Rycroft (1)
Assists: Dallas Drake, Konstantin Zakharov
Joe Thornton (3)
Assist: Glen Murray
Nick Boynton (1)
Assists: Mike Knuble, Joe Thornton
Keith Tkachuk (11)
Assists: Petr Cajanek, Scott Mellanby
Doug Weight (6)
Assists: Pavol Demitra, Konstantin Zakharov