ST. LOUIS (AP) _ If the St. Louis Blues make it to overtime, their opponents
are in trouble.
Bryce Salvador scored 1:50 into the extra period for a 4-3 victory over the
Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, moving St. Louis back into a playoff position.
The Blues' 11th overtime victory of the season tied the NHL record set by
Calgary in 1999-2000.
``We were going for it,'' Salvador said. ``We weren't really worrying about
losing the game. We needed to gamble and we came through.''
The extra point gave the Blues, who squandered a 3-1 second-period lead, 85
points and a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with the Oilers
and Nashville Predators with five games to go.
St. Louis has one more win than Nashville and two over Edmonton. The Blues
have made the playoffs 24 straight seasons, the longest current streak in
``That was a huge point for us to get, that extra point,'' said Scott
Mellanby, who scored the Blues' first goal. ``Unfortunately it took overtime
but we got it, we found a way to get it.''
Keith Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, and Doug Weight earned his 600th
career assist for the Blues, who struggled to put away the worst team in the
``We were a little short-handed in some areas,'' coach Brian Sutter said.
``But hey, we didn't go away. We battled hard to get the point we got.''
Salvador's third goal of the season came on a wrist shot from the slot that
trickled past Jocelyn Thibault, making his first start since hip surgery on
Nov. 15. The goal was set up when Mike Sillinger stole the puck during a
``The puck was bouncing,'' Thibault said. ``I think he hit kind of a sinker,
I don't think he got all of the shot. It all happened so quick, I should have
had that one.''
Salvador celebrated, but it was a delayed reaction.
``I didn't know if he had stopped it and I kind of saw it go through a
little bit, and I didn't know if it made it all the way,'' Salvador said. ``The
light came on, and so everyone cheered.''
The Blackhawks got goals from Matt Keith, Tuomo Ruutu and Deron Quint.
Chicago had been 8-3-3 in its last 14 meetings against the Blues. The teams
meet again Sunday in Chicago.
Quint's fourth goal tied it 3-3 at 7:16 of the third period. He was left
alone in the slot after the puck deflected off a skate, and he beat Chris
Osgood with a high drive.
The Blues took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Mellanby, on a
one-handed rebound shot with Weight assisting, and Tkachuk from the slot two
seconds after an interference call on Quint expired.
Keith scored his second goal of the season with a rebound shot during a
five-on-three advantage at 10:30 of the second to cut the gap to 2-1. Just over
two minutes later, Pavol Demitra scored on a break-in off a feed from Tkachuk
to again put St. Louis ahead by two.
A half-minute after a Blues goal was waved off, because Mellanby's wrist
shot was deflected by a high stick from Weight, Ruutu made it 3-2 with his 19th
goal. Ruutu skated around the Blues' defense and scored at 16:45.