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Blues 3, Red Wings 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:12 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 3, Red Wings 2
Detroit Red Wings 2, St. Louis Blues 3
Chris Osgood blocks a shot by the St. Louis Blues' Jay McClement in the second period of Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Blues.  (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Playing the Detroit Red Wings is generally not a recipe for snapping a losing streak.

Thanks to 34 saves by goalie Manny Legace and third period power-play goals from Keith Tkachuk and Lee Stempniak, the St. Louis Blues stopped a four-game skid, rallying to beat Detroit 3-2 on Thursday night.

The win ended the Red Wings' 12-game point streak. The Red Wings earned at least a point in 12 straight games (10-0-2) since losing 3-2 at Nashville on Nov. 22.

"That's the best team in the league," said Legace, a former Red Wing. "They're the most talented and their work ethic is second to none. That's where you got to set your standards.

"I thought we had a full solid 60 minutes all the way through."

Detroit goalie Chris Osgood (15-2-1) hadn't lost since dropping a 3-2 decision at Chicago on Nov. 11. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock thought his team played well enough to get Osgood another win.

"We competed hard," Babcock said. "We had a good run where we won a lot of games, and now we have to start another streak."

Brad Boyes scored his 20th goal for St. Louis, and Paul Kariya and Andy McDonald each had two assists. McDonald has four points in his first two games with the Blues, and Kariya has 31 points in 31 games.

Valtteri Filppula and Mikael Samuelsson scored for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg picked up an assist on Filppula's goal, giving him 50 points (25 goals, 25 assists). Zetterberg has nine points in five games.

Detroit led 2-1 heading into the third period, but the Blues took advantage of Niklas Kronwall's hooking penalty to tie the game when Tkachuk deflected Kariya's shot from the point past Osgood at 4:22.

St. Louis took the lead with 5:58 remaining after Andreas Lilja's interference penalty. On the ensuing power play, Stempniak skated in front from the left boards and beat Osgood with a wrist shot.

Babcock thought the Blues' David Backes, who was in front trying to screen Osgood, was guilty of goaltender interference on the play.

"The thing I don't like is on their second power-play goal, they have a player two feet into the crease," Babcock said.

Mikael Samuelsson (37) celebrates a goal with teammates Nicklas Lidstrom, front, and Henrik Zetterberg. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

The Blues took a 1-0 lead when McDonald's centering pass from the right wing deflected off Boyes' skate and past Osgood 7:11 into the contest. The play was reviewed but ultimately allowed to stand.

It stayed that way until midway through the second period when former Blue Dallas Drake skated in on left wing and hit Filppula with a cross ice pass. Filppula put it in the open side for his eighth goal at the 10:35 mark.

The Red Wings took the lead 30 seconds later when Nicklas Lidstrom sent Samuelsson in alone down left wing. Samuelsson moved toward the middle and beat Legace with a shot between the pads to make it 2-1.

"I should have had them," Legace said. "I should have had them both. It may not have looked like it, but it felt that way."

Notes: Detroit RW Tomas Holmstrom injured his right knee early in the second period when he collided with Blues C Jay McClement and didn't return. Babcock said that he was optimistic that the injury was not serious, but said the team would know more after Holmstrom was examined in Detroit... The Red Wings have lost seven times in regulation, twice in St. Louis. The Blues also beat Detroit 4-3 on Nov. 13. ... Blues D Barret Jackman 's had a roughing penalty in the third period giving him 500 career NHL penalty minutes.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:11
STL
Brad Boyes (20) Deflected shot - ASST: Andy McDonald (14), Paul Kariya (22)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
10:35
DET
Valtteri Filppula (9) Tip-in - ASST: Dallas Drake (2), Brian Rafalski (24)
1 - 1 Tie
11:05
DET
Mikael Samuelsson (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (28), Henrik Zetterberg (25)
2 - 1 DET
3rd Period
04:22
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (7) Deflected shot - ASST: Paul Kariya (23), Andy McDonald (15)
2 - 2 Tie
14:02
STL
PPG - Lee Stempniak (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Brewer (7), David Backes (4)
3 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:09
STL
Jay McKee  Hi-sticking against  Valtteri Filppula
17:36
DET
Kris Draper  Boarding against  Keith Tkachuk
2nd Period
01:32
STL
David Perron  Hi-sticking against  Brett Lebda
04:47
DET
Kris Draper  Holding against  Jay McKee
11:41
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Boarding against  Valtteri Filppula
16:08
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Mikael Samuelsson
16:08
DET
Mikael Samuelsson  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  David Backes
3rd Period
01:09
STL
David Perron  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
03:42
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Paul Kariya
08:23
STL
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Dallas Drake
08:23
DET
Dallas Drake  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
12:31
DET
Andreas Lilja  Interference against  Mike Johnson
18:53
DET
Daniel Cleary  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
18:53
STL
Barret Jackman  Roughing against  Daniel Cleary
20:00
STL
Bryce Salvador  Hi-sticking against  Johan Franzen
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 24TOI: 58:54
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Manny Legace
SA: 36TOI: 59:57
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0

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