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St. Louis scores 11th playoff game-winner

by Brian Compton

NEW YORK -- Martin St. Louis may be closing in on his 39th birthday, but the New York Rangers' right wing continues to produce.

His goal at 6:27 of the second period proved to be the game-winner Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. It was the 11th game-winning goal of St. Louis' postseason career.

The goal tied St. Louis with Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson and Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne for fifth all-time among active players in game-winning goals. New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr tops the list with 16 in 202 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Selanne, 43, is not expected to play next season.

St. Louis' goal helped the Rangers stave off elimination. Los Angeles leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Staples Center on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"The boys understand that this is do or die," St. Louis said. "We're a confident group. We're a confident bunch. We've done some great things. Obviously it hasn't gone the way we wanted it to go, but we got our first win tonight. I'm sure that's going to help our mood."


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