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Associated Press
10/12/2006 11:40:56 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Lee Stempniak scored in regulation and then had the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in their home opener Thursday night.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas held the Blues scoreless for the first 56 minutes, but the Blues, who were shut out in their last game, scored twice in a 2:30 span late in the third period to tie it.

Stempniak snapped a scoreless drought of 143:02 for St. Louis when he converted a centring pass from Bill Guerin at 16:03 to cut Boston's lead to 2-1. Jamal Mayers tied it when he swatted home the rebound of a shot by Keith Tkachuk at 18:33.

Manny Legace stopped 16 shots during regulation and overtime, and three of four attempts in the shootout to record his first win as a member of the Blues.

Thomas was pulled after 48 minutes in the Bruins season opener in Florida when he allowed seven goals on 34 shots in an 8-3 loss. He made 33 saves Thursday but gave up shootout goals to Tkachuk and Stempniak, who beat him with a backhander on the Blues fourth chance.

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That much have been a lot of pressure on the Blues.

The Chairman of the team guaranteed a victory, and he got it... barely!

1:27 left in the game, and their heads would have been on a stick. :laugh:

Don't you just love stories like this?

The celebration by Legace in the end was classic, and I don't even like the guy.
 
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