April 06, 2010
The Blues defenseman scored his 10th of the season at 3:59 of overtime on the power play, keeping St. Louis alive in the Western Conference playoff race with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Andy MacDonald and David Perron(notes) had the helpers.
The Oilers captain scored two key goals as Edmonton topped the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, to move to 58 points on the season -- nearing the 60-point mark from 1992-93, which was a franchise low. He used Shawn Horcoff(notes) as a decoy to score a shorthanded goal in the first that gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead; later, he made a power move from the corner and knocked out his own rebound for goal No. 9 on the season.
With Dennis Wideman(notes) in the box for a costly high-sticking penalty for the Boston Bruins in overtime, the Capitals power play needed only 20 seconds to convert. Alexander Semin(notes) blasted a shot that Tuukka Rask(notes) (27 saves) stopped, only to have Laich collect the garbage in front and score his 25th of the season, giving the Capitals a 3-2 victory. Strong effort for Laich, though not strong enough for Versus to get his first name correct.
Honorable mention: Dustin Penner(notes) broke the 30-goal mark for the Oilers, scoring twice in the win. ... Patrice Bergeron(notes) scored his 19th, added an assist and played an all-around solid game in the Bruins' loss. ... Jose Theodore(notes) made 28 saves for the Caps, Chris Mason(notes) made 27 for the Blues and Devan Dubnyk(notes) made 25 in their respective victories. ... Andy MacDonald had a goal and an assist for the Blues.
Did you know? Paid attendance in St. Louis was 17,601, "ending a string of 15 straight sellouts for the Blues." (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Keith Tkachuk(notes) was given a double-minor for a "borderline dirty hit" that knocked Andrew Murray(notes) of the Blue Jackets into the boards and out of the game. No TV coverage of the game, however, due to Versus exclusivity rights. ... Rick Nash(notes) missed the Blues game for Columbus after skating in the morning. ... Minnesota has lost four straight. ... Finally, Boston blew a lead and then the game in overtime in Washington, gaining a point but failing to add to a win total that trails both the Habs and the Flyers.