NHL: Blues beat Blackhawks in OT, take 2-0 series lead
ST. LOUIS – Defenseman Barret Jackman scored on a drive through traffic, giving the St. Louis Blues their second straight 4-3 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday for a 2-0 series lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
St. Louis rallied after Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to the head on Blues captain David Backes, who had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for the extra period.
Vladimir Tarasenko forced overtime with his second goal of the series, beating Corey Crawford with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and in with 6.4 seconds to go. Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who also got a goal from Chris Porter.
Duncan Keith, Seabrook and Michael Rozsival scored in a span of five shots to put the Blackhawks up 3-2 early in the third. But Seabrook’s penalty proved costly, and he could be suspended for Game 3 in Chicago Monday night.
The Blues took the opener in triple-overtime and fought off a Chicago rally in a game that began less than 39 hours later.
The Blackhawks got no help from a power play that went 0 for 4 and is 0 for 9 since Seabrook scored on their first chance in Game 1.
Tarasenko made the most of the Blues’ 6-on-4 advantage after pulling goalie Ryan Miller.
Keith’s goal late in the second ended a scoring drought of 119 minutes and 27 seconds for Chicago since a three-goal first period in Game 1. Before Chicago’s rally, Miller stopped 53 consecutive shots.
A Blues checking forward started the scoring for the second straight game. Porter had one assist in 22 regular-season games.
Flyers goalie Mason to miss Game 2: Steve Mason still isn’t feeling well enough to play, so Ray Emery will be back in the net for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 against the New York Rangers.
Mason has been sidelined for a week because of an undisclosed upper-body injury after he was knocked over and hit his head on the ice against Pittsburgh. He and the Flyers have declined to say whether the goalie sustained a concussion.
Mason was back at practice with his teammates at Madison Square Garden on Saturday after working out alone Friday, but wore down near the end of the 45-minute session. After he spoke with coach Craig Berube and general manager Paul Holmgren, it was decided that Mason would sit out again today.
Boston’s Lucic fined $5,000 for spearing: Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser during their opening playoff game.
Lucic was fined by the NHL Saturday for spearing DeKeyser in the second period of the Red Wings’ 1-0 victory Friday night.
No penalty was called on the play. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.