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game recap

Conklin, Blues hold off Thrashers, 4-2

Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 9:23 PM

Associated Press


ATLANTA (AP)—Ty Conklin stopped 37 shots, Alexander Steen gave St. Louis the lead with a goal late in the second period, and the Blues beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-2 on Tuesday night.

The Blues led 3-1 before Dustin Byfuglien scored for Atlanta with 7:23 remaining.

Atlanta’s best chance to pull even came when B.J. Crombeen was called for slashing with 1:58 left. The Thrashers pulled goalie Chris Mason for an extra skater, but an empty-net goal by Vladimir Sobotka in the final minute clinched the win for the Blues.

Brad Boyes and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for St. Louis.

Bryan Little scored Atlanta’s first goal in the first period.

St. Louis won for only the fourth time in 13 games. Conklin, the backup to No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak, earned his fourth win of the season and second this week.

The Thrashers, fourth in the NHL in scoring, netted a combined 13 goals in wins over New Jersey and Toronto in their last two games before being shut down by Conklin and the Blues.

The Thrashers had earned points in 14 of 16 games to move into first place in the Southeast Division.

After Boyes’ goal 5:07 into the game, the Thrashers answered when Little scored from in front off a pass from Evander Kane.

Conklin shut down the Thrashers’ high-scoring attack the rest of the way.

Steen picked up his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season. Steen scored on a pass from Barret Jackman with 1:21 remaining in the second period to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.

A potential momentum-changing play came with 3:26 remaining in the opening period when an apparent goal by Byfuglien was disallowed. With the score tied 1-1, officials waved off Byfuglien’s goal because he directed the puck into the net with his arm.

Byfuglien was called for goaltender interference on the play, quickly turning Atlanta fans’ cheers to boos.

St. Louis was 0 for 4 on the power play and has only four goals in its last 31 chances with a man advantage.

NOTES: Conklin was in goal for the Blues’ 6-4 win at Los Angeles on Thursday. … The Blues are 3-7-1 in their last 11 road games. … The Thrashers fell to 10-7-2 at home. They have a better winning percentage (9-5-3) on the road. … F Niclas Bergfors was a healthy scratch for Atlanta for the sixth time in seven games.
scoring summary
1st Period
05:07
STL
Brad Boyes (7) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Porter (1)
1 - 0 STL
06:43
ATL
Bryan Little (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Evander Kane (11), Anthony Stewart (13)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
18:39
STL
Alexander Steen (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Barret Jackman (5), Alex Pietrangelo (13)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
02:13
STL
Alex Pietrangelo (4) Slapshot - ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (9)
3 - 1 STL
12:37
ATL
Dustin Byfuglien (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Tobias Enstrom (23), Nik Antropov (11)
3 - 2 STL
19:12
STL
SHG - EN - Vladimir Sobotka (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:20
ATL
Nik Antropov  Hi-sticking against  Matt D'Agostini
16:34
ATL
Dustin Byfuglien  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ty Conklin
18:22
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Zach Bogosian
2nd Period
00:45
STL
Barret Jackman  Kneeing against  Evander Kane
02:40
STL
Ty Conklin  Tripping against  Evander Kane
08:08
ATL
Bryan Little  Holding against  Vladimir Sobotka
3rd Period
03:22
ATL
Brent Sopel  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
18:02
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Slashing against  Tobias Enstrom
goalie stats
Ty Conklin
SA: 39TOI: 59:50
Saves: 37EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .949SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
SA: 26TOI: 58:53
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .885SH: 1 - 1

 
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