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Robidas scores in OT for win

2/22/2004

CHICAGO (AP) -- Stephane Robidas picked the right time to score
his first goal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Robidas, a low-scoring defenseman, scored with 19.5 seconds left
in overtime to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis
Blues on Sunday.

He skated into the slot, took a pass from Brett McLean and beat
Chris Osgood with a low shot one second after a St. Louis penalty
for too many men on the ice expired.

The Blackhawks acquired Robidas from Dallas on Nov. 17 for
defenseman Jon Klemm. Robidas has scored only one other goal this
season, against Buffalo on Oct. 13. In 253 NHL games, he has 12
goals and 30 assists.

"I don't get a lot of chances to play on the power play,"
Robidas said. "When you get a chance in a four-on-three late in
the game, you want to go out there and prove to yourself and
everyone you can do a job.

Robidas made sure he retrieved the game-winning puck.

"It took me a while," he said. "It was good to get the win
and the goal. I just jumped in the play. Brett McLean should get
the credit for making a great play, I just shot it on net and it
went in."

McLean passed to Robidas after circling behind the net to cap a
wild finish.

Kyle Calder's power-play goal with 1:28 left in regulation got
the Blackhawks into overtime. He drove to the net and tucked a shot
under Osgood after he slipped past Blues defenseman Eric Weinrich
in the slot.

"I though (Weinrich) played a heck of a game, besides that
play," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said.

Weinrich scored on a 45-foot shot with 2:54 left in the third to
give the Blues a 2-1 lead. After a faceoff in the Chicago zone,
Weinrich beat Craig Anderson after drifting in from the right point
and firing through traffic.

"We had a 2-1 lead with two-and-half minutes left, maybe,"
Osgood said. "We gave it away."

Mark Bell also scored for the Blackhawks, who got 28 saves from
Anderson and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Keith Tkachuk had the other Blues goal but it wasn't enough to
keep St. Louis from dropping its second straight. Osgood made 27
saves.

St. Louis is 4-10-1-1 in its last 16 games,

Tkachuk opened the scoring with a power-play goal 5:45 into the
first period. He beat Anderson from 10 feet after Pavol Demitra
shoveled a quick pass from the side of the net.

Bell tied it 1-1 midway through the first when he fired a
rebound of Nathan Dempsey's shot past Osgood. Bell carried the puck
down left wing, dropped it to Dempsey and kept skating to the net.

Both Osgood and Anderson made tough saves in the scoreless
second.

Osgood made a sprawling stick stop on Matt Ellison midway
through the second. While stretched on the ice, Anderson stopped
Tkachuk during a St. Louis power play.

Anderson remained sharp through the third, while Osgood was
barely tested. Osgood was forced, however, to make a quick glove
save on Tyler Arnason with just over seven minutes left in
regulation.

In overtime, Anderson made a tough save on Blues defenseman
Chris Pronger.

Game notes
Chicago D Alexander Karpovtsev returned to the lineup after
missing 36 games following ankle surgery. ... D Jim Vandermeer,
acquired in Thursday's trade that sent Alex Zhamnov to
Philadelphia, made his Blackhawks debut. ... Chicago LW Shawn
Thornton was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL. ... Chicago D Nathan
Dempsey left the game after colliding in the corner with Tkachuk
early in the third.