Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

St. Louis leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, November 25th
Bruins3Final
OT
Blues4

Bruins 3

(11-3-4, 29 pts)

Blues 4

(13-5-1, 27 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 25, 2003

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 OT T
BOS 0 1 2 03
STL 0 2 1 14

D. Weight (Blues - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

K. Tkachuk (Blues - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Thornton (Bruins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Game-winner comes with 41 seconds left in OT

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 assists.

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 scored unassisted.

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 eight games.

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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