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Conklin leads Blues to 3-1 victory against Hawks

Wednesday, 12.29.2010 / 12:54 AM / Roundup

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Conklin leads Blues to 3-1 victory against Hawks
Ty Conklin, torched for seven goals by Chicago last month, got some payback by stopping 25 shots as St. Louis beat the Blackhawks 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Ty Conklin got his revenge on the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Conklin shut down the team that burned him for seven goals last month, stopping 25 shots as the St. Louis Blues skated away with a 3-1 victory against the Hawks at the Scottrade Center.

"There's nothing more an athlete wants than another kick at it," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "That's exactly what Ty got against these guys."

Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Boyes and Brad Winchester scored for the Blues, who dominated much of the way to win their fourth in a row and end the Blackhawks' four-game winning streak. Matt D'Agostini had a pair of assists for the Blues, who pelted Marty Turco with 43 shots to make things a bit easier on their backup goalie.

Conklin surrendered seven goals on 24 shots in a loss at Chicago on Nov. 30, but he's 3-0-0 at home this season.

"I asked him, 'You said I'm playing?"' Conklin said. "And he said, 'Yeah,' and I had to ask him again because I was a little surprised. (Payne) said, 'You sound surprised,' and I was.

"It was nice to get a second chance at them."

Just as Chicago got Patrick Kane back in the lineup after he missed eight games because of an ankle injury, the Blackhawks lost another key player. Captain Jonathan Toews, Chicago's second-leading scorer with 33 points, was injured on a check in the first period and didn't return. Tomas Kopecky was struck in the face by an errant puck despite wearing a visor but didn't leave the bench.

Boyes deflected a shot from the point by Erik Johnson for the go-ahead goal at 3:08 of the third. Turco reached back to snare the puck in mid-air on Winchester's shot off a rebound with 5:50 to go, and replays confirmed it crossed the goal line to put the Blues up 3-1.

"Ty made the saves when he needed to, and I thought everything was timely," Boyes said. "We didn't take any time off all three periods."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville blistered his players after calling a timeout following Sobotka's unassisted goal that tied it at 1 at 4:39 of the second. The Blues had a 25-8 shots advantage after Sobotka grabbed a loose puck along the side boards and scored with a high drive.

The Blackhawks were outshot 18-7 in the first period but got the lone goal on Jake Dowell's fifth of the season and first in 14 games. Viktor Stalberg set up the goal, stealing the puck from Alex Steen near the blue line.

"I'm not happy at all … I thought it was a terrible game," Quenneville said. "Brutal."

Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Patrick Dwyer scored the winner with just over five minutes remaining, and Eric Staal had a pair of goals as Carolina edged Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Cam Ward stopped 34 shots.

"It's a good win. We needed to have it," Staal said. "We had a good start. The second period was pretty bad. We hung in there. Cam made some good saves and we got the win."

Phil Kessel scored twice and Mikhail Grabovski added a goal for Toronto. Jonas Gustavsson made 23 saves.

The Maple Leafs worked hard under tough circumstances after being stuck on a bus in a winter storm for five hours Sunday following a victory in New Jersey. The team didn't arrive in Toronto until Tuesday morning.

"I thought our effort was unbelievable tonight," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "Lord knows we've had enough adversity in the last 40 hours or so, but our team, I thought, played very well. We had a great second period where we absolutely dominated; I think we outchanced them 13-1 We had some bumps in the road in the first period, but we settled down and I thought we played an excellent game."

Dwyer's goal with 5:11 remaining came off a scramble in front of Gustavsson.

The game began fast and furious with five goals scored in the final 13 minutes of the first period.

After Skinner made it 1-0 at 7:34, Kessel answered less than five minutes later with a one-timer from the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play.

Staal's first came off a giveaway by John Mitchell in the Hurricanes zone. The Carolina captain stripped the puck from Mitchell and streaked down the wing before cutting in front to beat Gustavsson at 14:08.

Kessel tied it 2-2 with his second of the night 1:22 later. Tyler Bozak stole the puck from defenseman Jay Harrison in the corner and Joey Crabb shoveled it to Kessel for a backhander from the high slot.

Staal added his second goal with 10 seconds left in the period when Sergei Samsonov made some shifty moves before passing to Staal for a one-timer.

Grabovski made it 3-3 on a power play at 8:17 of the second. A tipped point shot fell to Grabovski, who beat Ward.

After being outshot 25-15 through two periods by Toronto, the third was all Carolina with the tough travel seemingly catching up to the Leafs.

The Toronto finished 2-for-8 on the power play. Carolina was 1-for-3.

"We've both got young teams and make young mistakes," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said.  "(But) the good guys won."

Bruins 4, Lightning 3 | HIGHLIGHTS

Mark Recchi scored a power-play goal with 19.7 seconds left in regulation as Boston earned a dramatic victory at Tampa Bay.

Recchi's goal from the slot was his seventh this season and 570th in the NHL. The goal came while Lightning star Steven Stamkos was serving a boarding penalty.

Boston also got goals from Michael Ryder, Steven Kampfer and Brad Marchand. Boston came off a 3-2 shootout win Monday night at Florida.

"We want this road trip to be a stepping stone for our season," Recchi said.

Stamkos scored his 29th goal of the season for Tampa Bay, which is 6-1-2 over the last nine games. Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis had the other Lightning goals.

Marchand, back in the lineup after missing three games because of an undisclosed injury, gave Boston a 3-2 advantage 3 minutes into the third with a backhanded rebound goal. Tampa Bay responded with its third tying goal of the game when St. Louis made it 3-3 from near the low left circle with 9:10 remaining.

Ryder put the Bruins up 1-0 on a rebound power-play goal 28 seconds into the game. Recchi earned his 14th assist this season and 936th overall, which moved him within 17 of tying Jaromir Jagr for 13th place on the career list.

Stamkos tied it at 1 during a power play with 12:50 left in the first.

Boston went ahead 2-1 when Kampfer scored his first NHL goal -- coming in his ninth game - at 3:27 of the second. Tampa Bay pulled even at 2 when Lecavalier split two defenders, went around the net and beat goalie Tim Thomas for a wraparound goal with 5:58 remaining in the second.

"We found a way," Thomas said. "Whenever they scored to catch up, we never let them carry any momentum. The next shift we came out and battled hard. And we got big goals at big times."

Lecavalier and Stamkos both have goals in three straight games. Stamkos added an assist, giving him 52 points this season.

"We've always battled back … we've got a lot of character on this team," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "I'm certainly not going to point fingers at my players. They battled hard. They battled enough to win this game."

Stars 4, Predators 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Loui Eriksson scored a goal and added an assist, and Andrew Raycroft made 44 saves as the Dallas handed Nashville its fifth straight loss at Bridgestone Arena.

Steve Ott, Mark Fistric and Krys Barch also scored for Dallas.

"Our goalie played unbelievable," Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "Without him, we didn't have a chance."

Colin Wilson scored two goals for Nashville in a span of 1:32.

The Predators outshot Dallas 16-8 in the first period with neither team scoring a goal. In the second, Nashville held an 18-7 advantage and each team scored once. The Stars also blocked another 25 shots.

"Nashville has some big bodies that they like to put up front," Raycroft said. "Their defensemen are pretty talented a getting through. I thought our 'D' did a great job. We didn't give up too many rebound chances. They blocked a lot of shots stepping in front. I don't see half of those shots. They saved us goals."

Ott gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 4:39 of the second. Eriksson backhanded the puck across the crease from the right side, and Ott scored into the left side of the net as goalie Pekka Rinne was out of position.

Wilson tied it with a power-play goal with one minute remaining in the second. He backhanded a shot over the outstretched pads of Raycroft.

In the third period, Wilson struck again 32 seconds in on a breakaway. He beat Raycroft with a backhander from close range.

"I thought Colin was skating, and that was number one," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "He was taking the puck hard to the net and he was getting his nose a little bit dirty. That is how he has to play."
"Our goalie played unbelievable.  Without him, we didn't have a chance."              -- Stephane Robidas on Andrew Raycroft
Dallas answered at 1:44 into the period when Eriksson's snap shot from low in the slow went high over Rinne's shoulder.

Fistric scored on a wrist shot at 8:18, and Barch added the fourth goal at 10:05 as he crashed the crease to beat Rinne with a wrist shot. It was the first goal of the season for Fistric and Barch.

Sabres 4, Oilers 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Ryan Miller made 29 saves for his 200th NHL victory and Mike Weber scored his first two NHL goals as Buffalo won at Edmonton for its second win in its last nine road games.

For NHL.com's full recap, click here.

Ducks 3, Coyotes 1
| HIGHLIGHTS


Corey Perry scored his team-leading 20th goal and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves as Anaheim finished a seven-game trip by beating Phoenix at Jobing.com Arena.

For NHL.com's full recap, click here.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
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