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Boyes leads Blues past lowly Lightning

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Brad Boyes scored 26 seconds into

overtime, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the

Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

Keith Tkachuk, Andy McDonald and David Backes also scored for

the Blues, who have won four of five and find themselves within

two points of Edmonton, Dallas and Anaheim for the eighth and

final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.

"It was great to see Boyes score that goal in overtime," Tkachuk

said. "It was just a relief after they tied it up."

All-Star Martin St. Louis, Matt Pettinger and rookie Steven

Stamkos tallied for Tampa Bay, which is 2-6-2 in its last 10


"You're just looking for certain guys to keep working,"

Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "There are a lot of jobs on

the line. It was kind of a boring game. It didn't look like

there was much passion.

"To play this game, you have to play for something. I think

Murphy has played really well for us the last five games. He's

been our best defensemen. He has played really well. You have to

give him a lot of credit."

Boyes secured the win early in the extra session, accepting a

pass from defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and firing a snap shot

from the high slot that sailed by Karri Ramo for his 26th goal

of the season.

"Tonight our guys that are offensive leaders were offensive guys

and that's what we need for us to be good continually down the

stretch," Boyes said. "As of late, we've had other guys chip in

and you can't keep relying on guys that do the job defensively

to keep scoring.

"We're just playing solid all around and tonight was a good

night for our line. Just controlling the puck and getting more

chances and hustling. I think that was a big positive for us."

Tkachuk opened the scoring at 5:43 of the second period and

McDonald doubled the advantage less than four minutes later with

a wrist shot.

Tampa Bay halved the deficit at 3:28 of the third with a

power-play goal by St. Louis, but Backes restored the two-goal

lead with a tip-in of rookie T.J. Oshie's attempt just under

three minutes later.

"I think this is the worst game I've played so far on this

team," Ramo said. "Our talk during the second intermission was

that we needed to play a lot better and we were a lot better in

the third.

"We came back alive, but it was a roller coaster. We need to do

it for three periods. A point is a point. We battled back hard

and it showed that we're still battling. We were down 2-0 and

3-1, but we didn't quit and battled back."

Chris Mason, who had surrendered one goal in each of his

previous five games before fizzling in a 5-0 setback to the

Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, coughed up the advantage shortly


Pettinger netted his third tally of the season with 7:50 left

and Stamkos forged a tie with 16 seconds remaining in regulation

by unleashing a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle.

Mason made 20 saves, while Ramo finished with 32.



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