RED WINGS 3, BLUES 5
-- Andy Murray may want to petition the NHL to play in Sweden the next time his St. Louis Blues
are scheduled to play the Detroit Red Wings
this season. Mike Babcock may never want to see the inside of the Ericsson Globe again.
Again showing the resiliency that drove them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the Blues erased a two-goal deficit for the second-straight night and beat the Red Wings 5-3 on Saturday to go home with all four points available in the 2009 Compuware NHL Premiere-Stockholm.
The Blues got goals from Keith Tkachuk
and Andy McDonald
to erase an early 2-0 Red Wings' lead, and then Brad Boyes
and Patrik Berglund
scored 13 seconds apart midway through the second period to give St. Louis a 4-3 lead heading into the third period.
Tkachuk scored his second power-play goal of the night and second of the season 11:48 into the third period to make it 5-3. Blues goalie Ty Conklin
, who made 29 saves, kept the lead at two goals with a great glove save on Pavel Datsyuk
just 1:34 later.
started for the Red Wings and stopped 27 of 32 shots. After getting outshot 15-9 in the first period, the Blues outshot the Wings 13-7 in the second while scoring three times. St. Louis was also 3-for-5 on the power play.
gave all the fans here something to cheer about just 31 seconds into the game when he scored a disputed goal. The officials had to review the play to see if Holmstrom, who was standing right in front of the net, interfered with Conklin. It was determined he didn't when he got a piece of Brian Rafalski's
, who struggled in Friday's game, made a nice move around Berglund and then slotted a great pass to Dan Cleary
for the second goal just 2:08 into the game. Cleary redirected the puck just inside the left post.
Zetterberg showed a jump he didn't have Friday night and the Wings, at least early, took his cue. They were all over the Blues, outshooting them 15-2 at one point. Detroit even had a goal disallowed when it was ruled that Cleary's stick was too high on his redirection of Jason Williams
' point shot at 5:39 during a power play.
That would have given Detroit a 3-0 lead -- but instead the Blues survived that power play and killed off two more, back-to-back infractions by David Backes
and David Perron
, to keep the deficit at 2-0.
The Wings then gave St. Louis an opening by some committing penalties of their own. The Blues walked right through.
Even though they couldn't convert on a 5-on-3 for 66 seconds late in the period, the Blues got a goal from Tkachuk just five seconds after the two-man advantage ended.
went to the penalty box early in the second for tripping Alex Steen
in the neutral zone and McDonald capitalized at 3:47 with a backhander off a rebound from Boyes' blast from the left point to make it 2-2.
The tie didn't last long as Kronwall scored on the power play a little less than four minutes later to give Detroit the lead again, but the Wings' again couldn't hold onto it.
Boyes got the puck through Howard's pads at 13:24 and then Berglund rifled a 20-foot slap shot past the goalie 13 seconds later after darting through the middle to collect Erik Johnson's
nice pass off the left wing boards.
--Dan Rosen, NHL.com
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