Goalies change, but Blues keep winning
Monday, October 28, 2002
CALGARY, Alberta -- No matter who is in goal, the St. Louis Blues keep on winning.
Eric Boguniecki's overtime goal Saturday night gave St. Louis a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Calgary Flames and extended the Blues winning streak to five games.
Amazingly, the winning goaltender has been different in each of their last four games.
This time, it was former Flames goalie Fred Brathwaite coming back to beat his former club. After missing four games with a groin injury, Brathwaite returned and made 18 saves to earn his first win of the season.
"We're proud of how we've reacted in some adverse conditions obviously with our goaltending situation," said Blues center Doug Weight, who had a goal and two assists. "That's got to be some type of record, four straight games with four different goaltenders getting the win."
While Brathwaite was out and with No. 1 goalie Brent Johnson still a couple weeks away because of an ankle injury, St. Louis (5-1-1) has used goalies by committee.
The Blues have consecutive wins from Austrian native Reinhard Divis, Curtis Sanford, and then Cody Rudkowsky, who played 30 minutes of shutout hockey in relief of an injured Sanford.
St. Louis signed veteran goaltender Tom Barrasso and he could be in the lineup as early as Wednesday against Nashville.
"The guys are persevering here and finding ways to win," Blues coach Joel Quenneville said. "The attitude around the team is tremendous."
On the winning goal that came with 24.1 seconds left, defenseman Barret Jackman intercepted a weak clearing attempt along the boards by Calgary rookie defenseman Jordan Leopold and carried the puck to the net before finding an uncovered Boguniecki in front.