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Blues 5, Red Wings 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 5, Red Wings 3
Detroit Red Wings 3, St. Louis Blues 5

STOCKHOLM (AP) - For the second straight game, a veteran stepped up and helped the St. Louis Blues rally past the Detroit Red Wings.

Keith Tkachuk had two power-play goals and an assist as the St. Louis overcame a two-goal deficit for the second straight night, beating the Red Wings 5-3 on Saturday to sweep the two-game series.

"Detroit is the best team in the Western Conference and to come over here and beat them twice is huge for us," Tkachuk said. "Hopefully we can keep building. it's a great learning experience for some of our young guys.

"In both games, our goaltending really kept us in the game in the first period. They were on our heels a little bit in the first period in both games. It could have been over in the first.

Tkachuk said he enjoyed the week in Sweden.

"I had a blast, it was a great experience," he said. "It was a once in a lifetime thing. It was fun playing before a great crowd and see our own fans traveling all the way from St. Louis."

St. Louis trailed 2-0 early in the game, then again 3-2 in the second period before blitzing Detroit with two goals 13 seconds apart later in the same period that gave the Blues a 4-3 edge and silenced the pro-Red Wing crowd.

The Blues won opener 4-3 on Friday behind Paul Kariya's two power-play goals before another soldout crowd at the Ericsson Globe Arena in the Swedish capital.

"Our penalty killing wasn't good tonight either," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We know we have to play better for 60 minutes than we've been doing here."

The Blues' win again spoiled the homecoming of the Swedes on the Detroit team.

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, a six-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman who hails from a city near Stockholm, had a disappointing outing and finished without points.

Andy McDonald, Brad Boyes and Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis.

Tomas Holmstrom and Niklas Kronwall, two of the Red Wings' eight Swedes, and Daniel Cleary scored for Detroit.

With so many Swedes on the roster, Detroit is arguably the most popular NHL team in Sweden. There were red jerseys throughout the crowd at both games.

Detroit came out fast in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead just 2:08 in and opening the scoring after just seconds.

Holmstrom, parked in front of the goal, tipped in the first goal after being set up by fellow Swede Johan Franzen. Cleary made it 2-0 from close range.

Tkachuk made it 2-1 with 1:33 left in the period, just after the Red Wings had killed a two-man advantage by the Blues for nearly a minute.

McDonald tied it with a power-play goal at 3:47 in the second period, tapping in a backhand rebound past goalie Jimmy Howard.

Kronwall put Detroit ahead again with a shot from the right circle at 7:29.

Brad Boyes tied it at 3 at 13:24, beating the goalie with a shot from a tough angle behind the pads. Then, just 13 seconds later, Howard gave up another goal exactly the same way after Berglund's shot from the right circle.

Tkachuk scored midway through the final period, tipping in a shot from close range.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin received a standing ovation and the loudest cheers of the evening when he dropped the puck during a ceremonial faceoff before the game. The Stockholm native retired earlier this week after an NHL career that lasted nearly two decades.

This was the second straight year the NHL opened the season with a two-game series in the Swedish capital. Last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators split their series in the same arena.

The NHL returned to Europe this weekend for the second straight year with regular-season openers in Stockholm. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers played a similar doubleheader in Helsinki - the first regular-season games ever in Finland.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:31
DET
Tomas Holmstrom (1) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Rafalski (1), Johan Franzen (1)
1 - 0 DET
02:08
DET
Daniel Cleary (1) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (1), Todd Bertuzzi (1)
2 - 0 DET
18:27
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (1) Tip-in - ASST: Andy McDonald (2), Paul Kariya (1)
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
03:47
STL
PPG - Andy McDonald (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Keith Tkachuk (2), Brad Boyes (1)
2 - 2 Tie
07:29
DET
PPG - Niklas Kronwall (1) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Williams (1), Henrik Zetterberg (2)
3 - 2 DET
13:24
STL
Brad Boyes (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay McClement (3), Barret Jackman (1)
3 - 3 Tie
13:37
STL
Patrik Berglund (1) Slapshot - ASST: Erik Johnson (1), Darryl Sydor (1)
4 - 3 STL
3rd Period
11:48
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (2) Tip-in - ASST: Erik Johnson (2), Paul Kariya (2)
5 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:40
DET
Johan Franzen  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
02:40
STL
Barret Jackman  Cross checking against  Johan Franzen
05:19
STL
T.J. Oshie  Slashing against  Brad Stuart
09:07
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Brad Stuart
11:16
STL
David Perron  Charging against  Brett Lebda
13:36
DET
Brad Stuart  Holding the stick against  Andy McDonald
16:22
DET
Ville Leino  Interference against  David Backes
17:17
DET
Kirk Maltby  Elbowing against  Paul Kariya
2nd Period
03:09
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Tripping against  Alexander Steen
06:19
STL
Brad Winchester  Roughing against  Niklas Kronwall
3rd Period
11:20
DET
Pavel Datsyuk  Hooking against  B.J. Crombeen
19:06
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 32TOI: 58:22
Saves: 27EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 12
SV%: .844SH: 1 - 1
Ty Conklin
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0

 
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