Series (Game 1 of 2)
St. Louis leads 2-0
(0-1-0, 0 pts)
(1-0-0, 2 pts)
8:00 PM ET, September 20, 2011
Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri
E. Grachev (Blues - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0
M. D'Agostini (Blues - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0
B. Elliott (Blues - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: .955
ST. LOUIS -- Evgeny Grachev scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in the preseason opener for both teams.
Matt D'Agostini also scored for St. Louis, and Brian Elliott made 21 saves in his Blues debut after signing as a free agent on July 1. Jamie Langenbrunner and David Backes each had two assists.
Steve Downie had a power-play goal for the Lightning, and Mathieu Garon and Jaroslav Janus split the game in goal for Tampa Bay.
D'Agostini snapped a shot past Janus with 3:07 remaining in the second, giving the Blues a 2-1 lead.
Grachev put the Blues on top with a power-play goal, knocking in a rebound of a Jamie Langenbrunner shot at 15:16 of the first period. Grachev also had an empty-netter.
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