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Guerin forgets slump with Stars, nets four goals, one assist for Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Bill Guerin scored his first four goals of the
preseason and added an assist to help the St. Louis Blues beat the
Atlanta Thrashers 5-3 on Sunday night.

The 35-year-old Guerin started the scoring in the opening minute
and finished it with an empty-net goal. He put the Blues (1-3)
ahead 4-3 when he put in his own rebound with 6:18 left in the
third and had 10 of St. Louis' 27 shots.

"Just one of those nights when things went in," Guerin said.
"If you watch the game I don't do much of the puck-handling, I
just try to get open and go to the net."

Petr Cajanek had a goal and three assists, Martin Rucinsky had
two assists and Manny Legace played a strong game in goal for St.
Louis.

Marion Hossa scored his second goal of the preseason for the
Thrashers (2-2). Greg De Vries and Kyle Wanvig also had goals.

Blues left wing Keith Tkachuk left in the first period with
lower back spasms and was held out of the remainder of the game as
a precautionary measure.

Guerin, who slumped with 13 goals in 70 games last season for
the Stars, is one of several established players added in the
offseason. His first three goals came on power plays.

Last season he had slumps of 13 and 18 games without a goal
after scoring a career-high 69 points on 34 goals and 35 assists
for Dallas in 2003-04. He didn't know whether to consider his big
night a positive omen.

"I had a good preseason last year, too, so I'm not getting my
hopes up."