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Detroit Red Wings 4, St. Louis Blues 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Detroit Red Wings 4, St. Louis Blues 3 FINAL
Detroit Red Wings 4, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) - In the new-look NHL, Detroit forward Brendan Shanahan says a lead in the third period doesn't mean nearly as much as it used to.

``The old days of having a two- or three-goal lead and just being able to lock on are over,'' Shanahan said Thursday night after the Red Wings gave up two goals in the third period but hung on for a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. ``You're just going to have to keep on playing.''

Robert Lang had a goal and an assist, and Jason Williams had three assists as the Red Wings completed a season-opening home-and-home sweep of the Blues.

Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Fischer also scored for Detroit, while Manny Legace made 23 saves for his second win in as many nights.

Detroit, which beat the Blues 5-1 at home Wednesday night, could not have asked for a better opponent to open the season. Since 2002-03, Detroit is 11-1-1 against St. Louis.

``They've been a good team,'' Legace said. ``I'm not sure why we've had that kind of success, but I hope it keeps up.''

Detroit's victory wasn't assured until the final seconds as the Blues, with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, got off several shots in a goal-mouth scramble. St. Louis outshot Detroit 11-4 in the final period.

``We had a lot of momentum,'' Blues forward Doug Weight said. ``We showed a lot in the third. I had two great shots at the end. I think Manny saved the first one and I hit (Nicklas) Lidstrom with the other one.''

Detroit coach Mike Babcock was ready for it to end.

``I thought we fought through the first period and dominated the second,'' he said. ``The third period was kind of a free-for-all.''

The Red Wings did not help themselves by taking four penalties in the third period, including a double-minor to Chris Chelios for high-sticking.

With the referees calling the games tight under the league directive, Babcock said the teams will have to adjust.

``It's not as easy to protect a lead,'' he said. ``It's going to be a challenge, but that's the way it is. We'll just have to adjust.''

Weight had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, while defenseman Andy Roach scored his first career goal and Dean McAmmond got his first goal as a member of the Blues.

``We can build off the third period,'' Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. ``Our energy was much better in this game.''

Detroit led 2-1 after the first period, and appeared to take control when Fischer and Shanahan scored late in the second.

Fischer made it 3-1 at 16:10 when he took a feed from Tomas Holmstrom, skated down the right side and beat goalie Patrick Lalime inside the far post. Shanahan then scored on the power play with 1:43 left in the period as he put in the rebound of Williams' shot from the left point.

But Weight cut it to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 5:06 of the third, and McAmmond made it a one-goal game 1:04 later when he beat Legace with a slap shot from the left circle.

``I gave up a bad goal there and it hurt us,'' he said. ``They were flying after that.''

Notes: Blues F Keith Tkachuk was scratched due to a sore groin. ... It was the first regular season game at the Savvis Center since April 1, 2004, when the Blues lost 3-2 to Detroit. ... The three points equaled a career high for Williams.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:29
STL
PPG - Andy Roach (1) ASST: Doug Weight (1), Petr Cajanek (2)
1 - 0 STL
13:26
DET
Robert Lang (2) ASST: Brett Lebda (1), Jason Williams (1)
1 - 1 Tie
15:54
DET
PPG - Mikael Samuelsson (2) ASST: Robert Lang (1), Jason Williams (2)
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
16:10
DET
Jiri Fischer (1) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (3), Henrik Zetterberg (2)
3 - 1 DET
18:17
DET
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (1) ASST: Jason Williams (3), Mathieu Schneider (1)
4 - 1 DET
3rd Period
05:06
STL
PPG - Doug Weight (1) ASST: Eric Weinrich (1), Petr Cajanek (3)
4 - 2 DET
06:10
STL
Dean McAmmond (1) ASST: NONE
4 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
02:07
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Tripping
03:19
STL
Doug Weight  Hi-sticking
03:44
DET
Chris Chelios  Hi-sticking
04:03
DET
Kris Draper  Hooking
06:54
DET
Chris Chelios  Interference
11:22
STL
Bryce Salvador  Cross checking
14:28
STL
Jay McClement  Hooking
16:08
DET
Chris Chelios  Interference
17:44
DET
Jiri Fischer  Hooking
19:42
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Holding
2nd Period
02:59
STL
Bryce Salvador  Holding
09:13
DET
Jason Williams  Hooking
10:48
STL
Mike Sillinger  Interference
17:00
DET
Kirk Maltby  Diving
17:00
STL
Jamal Mayers  Hooking
17:38
STL
Mike Sillinger  Hi-sticking
3rd Period
04:23
DET
Andreas Lilja  Interference
07:36
DET
Chris Chelios  Hi-sticking
07:36
DET
Chris Chelios  Hi-sticking
16:51
DET
Andreas Lilja  Holding
17:06
STL
Christian Backman  Holding
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .885SH: 3 - 3
Patrick Lalime
SA: 27TOI: 58:41
Saves: 23EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .852SH: 2 - 2