November 22, 2013

Blues outshoot Bruins

Derek Roy’s shootout goal is the difference.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Derek Roy blew a chance to end the game in the first minute of overtime.

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St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole upends Boston Bruins center David Krejci during the second period of Thursday night’s game in Boston, won by the Blues.

The Associated Press

Then St. Louis Coach Ken Hitchcock gave him a chance to make up for it.

Roy scored once in regulation and added the clincher in the fourth round of the shootout Thursday night to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Roy, who hit the crossbar on a breakaway in sudden death, didn’t make the same mistake when he got another chance to win it.

“I usually look at body language on the bench, and (Roy) was perked up; he wanted to go,” Hitchcock said. “So we had him go.”

Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots in regulation, two more in overtime, and three in the shootout as St. Louis won for the fourth time in five games and continued the hottest start in its history.

David Backes also scored for the Blues, and NHL points leader Alexander Steen converted their other shootout goal after going the entire game without a shot.

Gregory Campbell and Carl Soderberg scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves and forced Roy to put one off the crossbar on a breakaway in the first minute of overtime.

“I knew I could get him on that shot, and I thought I picked it perfect, and I hit crossbar,” Roy said. “I wanted to redeem myself in the shootout, and Coach put me out there. … It shows that he’s got confidence in me going out in the shootout.

“I just wanted to help my team win the game, and I’m happy to do that and be put in that position to do that.”

Soderberg broke in alone in the last 15 seconds of overtime, but he meekly shot the puck into Halak’s pads just before the final buzzer.

That sent the game to a shootout, and Boston took an early lead when Patrice Bergeron beat Halak over his shoulder to make it 1-0. T.J. Oshie, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla all missed before Steen poked it through Rask’s pads to tie it 1-1 after three tries apiece.

Chris Kelly missed for Boston in the first extra round, and Roy went in quickly, skidded to a stop and then went around Rask to poke the puck in for the winner.

“He told guys on the bench that he was going to do the move, and did it and got away with it,” Hitchcock said.

It was the Blues’ 15th win in 21 games this season, giving them 33 points – the most in the NHL. The Bruins had won six of their previous seven games and taken over the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins scored late in the first when Blues defenseman Ian Cole fell in his own end, allowing Boston to keep the puck in the zone. Torey Krug slid it over to Campbell, who tried to one-time it but sculled it off the heel of his stick. The slow-moving puck seemed to confuse Halak and went into the net off the corner of the post.

But the Blues tied it just 37 seconds later when Roy’s wrist shot eluded Rask to make it 1-all with nine seconds left in the period.

St. Louis took a 2-1 lead late in the second when Kevin Shattenkirk’s shot from the point was deflected in by Backes.

Soderberg tied the score a couple minutes later.

NOTES: Hall of Famer Bobby Orr took part in a ceremonial puck drop. John “Pie” McKenzie, another member of the 1970 and ’72 Stanley Cup champions, was also in attendance. The 1970 team swept St. Louis in the finals and again in the 1972 semifinals.

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