|NYI||0||1||1||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|STL||0||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
``We have a lot of great players, and that sure makes it fun to play 4-on-4,'' Demitra said.
Demitra, who dislocated a finger on his left hand earlier in the game, ended the fun with his 21st goal 1:01 into overtime to give the Blues a 3-2 win. The victory extended the Blues' unbeaten streak to four games, and more importantly, earned them an extra point.
``We wanted to get to overtime and win the game,'' said Blues coach Mike Kitchen. ``We needed that (extra point).''
St. Louis has mastered the art of picking up the extra point in overtime. The Blues lead the league with 10 overtime wins and are 10-2-9 in overtime games.
``We try to go out and win the game (in overtime),'' Kitchen said. ``We don't play for the tie. You already have one point, so why not try for two? Those extra 10 points we have are extremely valuable.''
Keith Tkachuk and Alexander Khavanov scored power-play goals for St. Louis and Chris Osgood made 22 saves.
Shawn Bates and Mark Parrish scored for the Islanders, who made the most of their limited opportunities against Osgood. Parrish scored his 17th goal on the Islanders' only shot of the second period. Bates scored his ninth on New York's next shot, 1:26 into the third period.
However, Islanders coach Steve Stirling was not upset with his team's performance.
``It's always disappointing when you give up one in overtime to lose, but we did some good things,'' Stirling said. ``There's enough positives to build on.''
St. Louis has six points in its last three games against Eastern Conference opponents and 24 points overall, which is more than any other team in the Western Conference.
The Blues are tied with Los Angeles, which beat Phoenix, for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
New York has won just once in its last eight games and is winless in its last five.
Demitra won it when he broke in on right wing, cut to the middle and surprised New York goalie Rick DiPietro with a wrist shot. The puck trickled through DiPietro and over the goal line.
``They kind of pushed our (defense) in at the blue line and gave Demitra the puck wide, and he made a head fake and cut in,'' DiPietro said. ``I think it hit his stick and dipped down. It was one of those weird bounces.''
``It was one of those where he was expecting a real bullet and he got a knuckleball,'' Stirling said. ``Sometimes, those are hard to take.''
With the game tied 1-1, Bates got behind the Blues' defense and broke in alone on Osgood. He lifted the puck over Osgood to give the Islanders the lead.
But Khavanov tied it again on his second goal of the season when he banged the rebound of Eric Weinrich's shot past DiPietro, who made 36 saves.
Tkachuk broke the ice with a power-play goal 57 seconds into the second period. With the Islanders' Roman Hamrlik serving a roughing minor, Tkachuk worked a perfect give-and-go with Christian Backman. Tkachuk split the Islanders' defense and lifted a backhander over DiPietro for his 28th goal.
The Blues outshot the Islanders 12-1 in the period. The Islanders' shot was a wrist shot by Parrish from the right circle, which beat Osgood to the far side to tie the game 1-1.
|PPG - Keith Tkachuk (28) Backhand shot - ASST: Christian Backman (11), Chris Pronger (33)|
1 - 0 STL
|Mark Parrish (17) Snap shot - ASST: Dave Scatchard (11), Jason Blake (22)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Shawn Bates (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Arron Asham (10), Michael Peca (24)|
2 - 1 NYI
|PPG - Alexander Khavanov (2) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Mellanby (14), Eric Weinrich (12)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Pavol Demitra (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Christian Backman (12), Chris Pronger (34)|
3 - 2 STL
|Chris Pronger Hooking|
|Roman Hamrlik Roughing|
|Dave Scatchard Kneeing|