St. Louis nips Chicago

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dvorak scored the winning goal in the Blues' second straight victory.

ST. LOUIS -- Radek Dvorak scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and added an assist to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Saturday night.

Dvorak broke a 3-3 tie with 6:18 left in the third period when he took a pass from Petr Cajanek and beat Chicago goalie Brian Boucher with a wrist shot from the left circle.

Martin Rucinsky also had a goal and assist for the Blues, who won their second straight.

Rucinsky, Jamie Rivers and Bill Guerin all scored power-play goals for the Blues, who had struggled in their first four games with the man advantage. Prior to Saturday, the Blues were 1-for-20 on the power play.

Martin Havlat, who was acquired from Ottawa in an off-season trade, continued his hot start for Chicago by scoring two more goals. Havlat has six goals and 10 points.

Bryan Smolinski had the other goal for Chicago.

The Blues entered the third period with a 3-2 lead, but Havlat erased that when he came down on an odd-man rush, and fooled Manny Legace by wristing a shot toward the net rather than passing.

Chicago built a 2-0 lead with goals by Havlat and Smolinski scored in a span of 52 seconds in the first period.

Rivers got the Blues back in it at 17:27 of the period when he scored on a one-timer.

Guerin then tied it at 1:28 of the second when he converted a centering pass from Tkachuk. Rucinsky gave the Blues a 3-2 advantage at 10:43 of the second.

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