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Detroit at St. Louis

Blues score all four goals in second period to beat Red Wings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Rookie forward David Perron is giving the Blues every reason to keep him in the NHL.

Perron scored twice in St. Louis' four-goal second period and the Blues rallied from two down to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Tuesday.

St. Louis will have a decision to make once Perron plays another game, whether to keep him with the big club for the rest of the season or return him to Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. If he keeps playing this well, the choice could be easy.

"You always have to prove something," Perron said. "Even if I stay the whole year, I still have to prove that the team made a good decision. I'm trying to play those kinds of games like I did tonight every night."

The Blues, who snapped a three-game losing streak, fell behind 2-0 but stormed back in the middle frame against goalie Dominik Hasek. Keith Tkachuk and Jamal Mayers joined Perron in the scoring spurt, and the final three goals came in a span of four shots.

"You need a little bit of luck and we needed contributions from other guys," Mayers said. "We got that."

Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Cleary and Valtteri Filppula scored for Detroit, who lost the lead in the second period despite holding a 17-7 shots advantage in the frame. The Red Wings dropped their second straight following a nine-game winning streak.

"It's disappointing," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Let's not kid ourselves. We're up 2-0, we're on the road in our division. You've got to find a way to keep on going."

Tkachuk's sixth of the season, scored during a 5-on-3 power play, cut the deficit to 2-1 at 5:09. Tkachuk put in a rebound of Lee Stempniak's shot from the left corner.

The Blues then scored three times in a span of 2:37 to grab the lead for good. Perron tied it at 2 with a breakaway goal at 13:14.

Perron gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at 14:47 with a power-play goal, banging home Steve Wagner's shot from the point. Perron doubled his season output to four goals.

Mayers' slap shot from the top of the right circle at 15:51, after a drop pass from Martin Rucinsky, made it 4-2 and chased Hasek. He was replaced by Chris Osgood after allowing four goals on 12 shots.

"We came in the dressing room (after being down 2-0) and I said, 'Guys, this is the Minnesota game,"' Blues coach Andy Murray said of the Blues' 3-2 victory at Minnesota on Nov. 1. "This is the energy we had in Minnesota., which might have been our best game of the year. I felt that. I felt that we were skating.

"Our theme was to be relentless and stick with it."

The Red Wings grabbed a 1-0 lead on Datsyuk's third of the season. Datsyuk's shot from the blue line took a strange bounce and skipped over the glove of surprised goalie Manny Legace 4:30 into the opening period on Detroit's first shot.

Cleary made it 2-0 at 16:04 of the first when his backhander from between the circles beat Legace glove side for his sixth of the season.

Filppula made it 4-3 with 4:47 left but Detroit couldn't net the tying goal.

"I think we've been guilty a few times of not having that killer instinct," Babcock said. "We've got to put our foot on them and not let them up, and we didn't do that."

Legace stopped 26 shots to earn the victory.

Notes

  • Detroit C Henrik Zetterberg had his 17-game point streak from the start of a season snapped. Only Ottawa's Dany Heatley has had a longer streak since 1993-94, recording a point in the first 22 games at the start of the 2005-06 season.
  • The Blues are the only NHL team this season not to play an overtime game.
  • The Blues are 8-0 when scoring at least three goals.
  • LW Dallas Drake returned to St. Louis for the first time since signing with the Red Wings this summer. Drake spent the previous six seasons with the Blues.
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David Perron (2nd right) gets cheers from teammates after scoring his second goal of the game. (AP)
David Perron (2nd right) gets cheers from teammates after scoring his second goal of the game. (AP)

Scoreboard
Detroit (13-4-1)2013
St. Louis  (8-7-0) «0404
Three Stars
D. Perron
STL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
S. Wagner
STL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
E. Johnson
STL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:30Pavel Datsyuk (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall
16:04Daniel Cleary (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jiri Hudler, Niklas Kronwall
2ND PERIOD
05:09Power Play - Keith Tkachuk (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Lee Stempniak, Erik Johnson
13:14David Perron (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Steve Wagner, Eric Brewer
14:47Power Play - David Perron (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Steve Wagner, Keith Tkachuk
15:51Jamal Mayers (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Martin Rucinsky, Erik Johnson
3RD PERIOD
15:13Valtteri Filppula (3), Tip-In. Assist: Jiri Hudler, Brian Rafalski
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:05Chelios, 2 min, Hooking
04:39Kopecky, 2 min, Interference
09:37Rucinsky, 2 min, Holding
13:55Mayers, 2 min, Interference
16:04Jackman, 2 min, Roughing
16:04Hudler, 2 min, Roughing
17:52Kariya, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
04:52Cleary, 2 min, Hooking
04:52Draper, 2 min, Hooking
13:37Ellis, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
13:08Tkachuk, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Detroit717630
St. Louis57416
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dominik Hasek35:5184
Chris Osgood23:5540
Manny Legace60:00273
Game Information
Attendance - 18440
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Pierre Racicot, Tony Sericolo
 
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