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Blues 5, Bruins 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 5, Bruins 4, SO
St. Louis Blues 5, Boston Bruins 4

BOSTON (AP) -David Backes didn't swing and miss on his team's last chance.

Backes scored the tying goal with eighth-tenths of a second left in regulation and the St. Louis Blues went on to beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 in a shootout Monday.

With the clock winding down and the Blues close to yet another road loss, Backes saw the puck pop up in front of him. Positioned at the right post, he batted it out of the air and into the net as the siren sounded.

After a lengthy replay review, the goal counted. The puck was slightly above the cross bar when Backes hit it, the video showed.

"I tried not to watch the replay too many times. But no matter what I saw, I had a bias toward that one," Backes said. "I'm going to have my bias toward that one and say it was a good call."

Down 4-2, the Blues started their comeback with David Perron's power-play goal with 1:20 left.

T. J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout for the Blues, who have the worst record in the Western Conference and had lost nine of their previous 10 road games.

The Eastern Conference-leading Bruins trailed 2-1 before scoring three times in a span of 1:39 late in the third period.

"I guess the best way to describe it is everyone involved except for the people in charge don't happen to think it was a goal," said Boston coach Claude Julien, who later went on to say, "we got what we deserved."

Boston's P.J. Axelsson and Michael Ryder had power-play goals 19 seconds apart, then Zdeno Chara scored off a faceoff with 3:05 left for a 4-2 edge.

Blues reserve goaltender Chris Mason stopped Blake Wheeler and Axelsson in the shootout.

Mason kept the Bruins scoreless after replacing injured starter Manny Legace midway into the opening period until the late rally. Legace left with what the team called a lower body injury and wasn't on the bench for the remainder of the game.

"To our credit, it was a heck of a finish. We didn't give up," Mason said. "We could've easily packed it in there and game over. We got lucky there and found a way to do it."

St. Louis had taken a 2-1 edge when Jay McClement one-timed a shot inside the left post 6:51 into the second. There was a smattering of boos as the Blues controlled play midway into the period.

Neither team had a shot on goal until Boston made it 1-0 on Chuck Kobasew's goal 4:26 into the game.

The Blues tied it at 1 when Brad Winchester redirected Jeff Woywitka's shot from the point and the puck trickled between Tim Thomas' pads at 7:37. Thomas, on his knees, looked up to the ceiling in frustration after the puck slid behind him.

Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy saved a goal when he reached behind Thomas and pulled out a loose puck out with his stick just before it rolled over the line in the first.

Notes: Bruins LW Milan Lucic missed his sixth straight game with an undisclosed injury and D Aaron Ward was out for his third consecutive with what the team called a charley horse sustained Jan. 13 against Montreal. Ward did leave that game, though, after being hit from behind into the boards by the Canadiens Andrei Kostitsyn. ... It was the final meeting of the teams this season. Boston beat the Blues 6-3 in St. Louis on Dec. 21. ... It was the opener of a day-night, hockey-basketball doubleheader. The Celtics were to play the Phoenix Suns at night.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:26
BOS
Chuck Kobasew (8) ASST: Blake Wheeler (16), Marc Savard (39)
1 - 0 BOS
07:37
STL
Brad Winchester (7) ASST: Jeff Woywitka (9), David Backes (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:51
STL
Jay McClement (4) ASST: Alexander Steen (11)
2 - 1 STL
3rd Period
15:16
BOS
PPG - Michael Ryder (18) ASST: David Krejci (32), Zdeno Chara (18)
2 - 2 Tie
15:35
BOS
PPG - P.J. Axelsson (4) ASST: Dennis Wideman (22)
3 - 2 BOS
16:55
BOS
Zdeno Chara (10) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (15), David Krejci (33)
4 - 2 BOS
18:40
STL
PPG - David Perron (5) ASST: Patrik Berglund (16), Carlo Colaiacovo (11)
4 - 3 BOS
19:59
STL
David Backes (16) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (16), David Perron (25)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBOSSTL
1B. WheelerT. Oshie
2P. AxelssonB. Boyes
penalty summary
1st Period
17:06
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Tripping against  Marc Savard
2nd Period
04:25
STL
Alexander Steen  Slashing against  Shane Hnidy
16:33
BOS
P.J. Axelsson  Holding against  B.J. Crombeen
20:00
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
20:00
STL
Dan Hinote  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
20:00
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
20:00
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
3rd Period
11:08
BOS
Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Brad Winchester
13:42
STL
Dan Hinote  Elbowing against  Marc Savard
14:55
STL
David Backes  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
17:18
BOS
Stephane Yelle  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 2TOI: 10:35
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
4-13-1
SA: 24TOI: 51:53
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
SA: 31TOI: 64:59
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1