April 20, 2018
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Roy responds in shootout, lifts Blues by Bruins; Nyquist sparks Red Wings

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange

BOSTON — Derek Roy almost won the game in overtime, but he did win it in the shootout.

The St. Louis Blues center, who scored a goal in regulation and sent one off the crossbar in overtime, scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Blues a 3-2 decision over the Boston Bruins Thursday night.

Roy was the second St. Louis player to beat Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask in the shootout, as the Blues moved to 15-3-3 on the season, 6-2-1 on the road.

The Bruins got a shootout-opening goal from center Patrice Bergeron against Jaroslav Halak, but the goalie, who made 29 saves during the game, was successful on the next three to improve to 18-15 lifetime in shootouts.

The Bruins, the Eastern Conference leaders, are 6-1-2 in their last nine games.

Rask, who made 24 saves, fell to 13-11 lifetime in shootouts.

Center Gregory Campbell scored his first goal of the season and left winger Carl Soderberg scored his third for Boston, and centers Roy (No. 6) and David Backes (No. 9) scored for the Blues in regulation.

Both teams had major chances in the overtime, with Roy hitting the crossbar on a breakaway and Soderberg, also in alone, stopped by Halak with 10 seconds left.

The Bruins, playing without injured defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid, had three rookies, including the NHL debuting Kevan Miller and 20-year-old second-year man Dougie Hamilton, on defense.

The teams traded goals in each of the first two periods. St. Louis defenseman Ian Cole was wiped out trying to carry the puck out, leading to Campbell’s goal, and Rask whiffed badly on the tying goal by Roy, just 31 seconds later.

In the second period, Backes tipped in defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk’s wrist shot from the point to make it 2-1. The Blues then left Soderberg alone in the slot and center Maxim Lapierre didn’t go down to try to block the shot that tied the game 2:37 after the Blues had taken the lead.

Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3

Former University of Maine star Gustav Nyquist scored a pair of goals after being recalled from the minors earlier in the day as host Detroit halted its seven-game winless drought (0-2-5).

Darren Helm and defenseman Niklas Kronwall added goals for the Red Wings, who also stopped an eight-game slide (0-6-2) at Joe Louis Arena and improved to 16-0 with a tie at home against Carolina since November 1989. Jonas Gustavsson made 24 saves in his fifth start of the season and captain Henrik Zetterberg had three assists.

Andrej Sekera scored twice and defenseman Brett Bellemore collected his first NHL goal for the Hurricanes, who lost their third straight overall and fifth in a row on the road. Justin Peters turned aside a season-high 43 shots.

Nyquist, recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL earlier in the day, wasted no time getting in the scoring column when he knocked home a rebound of Jonathan Ericsson’s blast 17 seconds into the contest. Helm doubled the lead at 2:37 of the second, pouncing on a rebound after Justin Abdelkader drove the net and beating Peters.

Bellemore finished off a give-and-go with Radek Dvorak for his first NHL goal at 5:49 of the second before Sekera tied it seven minutes later, cutting down the middle and ripping a high shot past Gustavsson. It remained deadlocked until Kronwall was credited with a power-play tally on a 5-on-3 when Jordan Staal kicked the puck into the net at 8:29 of the third, and Nyquist provided an insurance tally with a backhander 7 1/2 minutes later.

Flyers 4, Sabres 1

Matt Read scored twice as host Philadelphia extended its points streak to six games.

Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell added third-period goals while Steve Downie and Sean Couturier had a pair of assists apiece for the Flyers, who are 5-0-1 since dropping a 3-0 home decision to New Jersey. Ray Emery preserved the victory with 29 saves.

Tyler Myers had the lone goal for Buffalo, which dropped to 1-3-0 under interim head coach Ted Nolan. Ryan Miller stopped 42 shots in defeat.

Myers opened the scoring on a Buffalo power play with 1:32 remaining in the first period, jamming a loose puck past Emery for his first goal against an Eastern Conference opponent since Feb. 26. Read evened things at 14:09 of the second, gathering a Downie pass and firing a knuckler past the blocker of a fooled Miller.

Read put the Flyers ahead — and capped his first multi-goal game since Jan. 26 — at 15:49, waiting alone in front for Miller to commit before lifting the puck over him. Lecavalier put the game away on a Flyers man advantage near the midway point of the third — blasting a shot from the top of the right circle that beat Miller up high — and Hartnell capped the scoring with an empty netter for his third goal in four games.


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