Roy makes amends with shootout winner as Blues beat Bruins


Derek Roy blew a chance to end the game in the first minute of overtime.

Then St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock gave him a chance to make up for it.

Roy scored once in regulation and added the clincher in the fourth round of the shootout on Thursday night to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Roy, who hit the crossbar on a breakaway in sudden death, didn’t make the same mistake when he got another chance to win it.

“I usually look at body language on the bench, and Roysie was perked up he wanted to go,” Hitchcock said. “So we had him go.”

Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots in regulation, two more in overtime, and three in the shootout as St. Louis won for the fourth time in five games and continued the hottest start in its history.

David Backes also scored for the Blues, and NHL points-leader Alexander Steen converted their other shootout goal after going the entire game without a shot.

Gregory Campbell and Carl Soderberg scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves and forced Roy to put one off the crossbar on a breakaway in the first minute of overtime.

“I knew I could get him on that shot, and I thought I picked it perfect, and I hit crossbar,” Roy said. “I wanted to redeem myself in the shootout, and Coach put me out there. . . . It shows that he’s got confidence in me going out in the shootout.

“I just wanted to help my team win the game, and I’m happy to do that and be put in that position to do that.”

Devils 2, Kings 1 (OT)

In Los Angeles, Jaromir Jagr’s 690th NHL goal 2:30 into overtime moved him into a ninth-place tie with former teammate Mario Lemieux on the league’s career list and gave New Jersey a victory over the Kings.

The 41-year-old Jagr also tied Gordie Howe’s NHL record of 121 game-winning goals.

Rangers 3, Stars 2

In Dallas, New York’s Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 41 saves — including a career-best 23 in the first period.

Flyers 4, Sabres 1

In Philadelphia, Matt Read scored a pair of goals to lead the Flyers to their fifth win in six games.

Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3

In Detroit, Niklas Kronwall was credited with the tiebreaking goal in the third period, Gustav Nyquist had two goals, and the Red Wings broke a seven-game losing streak by beating Carolina.

Predators 4, Maple Leafs 2

In Toronto, Craig Smith netted two goals, and rookie defenseman Seth Jones and Matt Cullen also scored to give Nashville a victory over the Maple Leafs.

Blackhawks 6, Jets 3

In Winnipeg, Marian Hossa returned to the lineup and put Chicago ahead for good with a third-period goal.

Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)

In Glendale, Arizona, Ryan O’Reilly scored a power-play goal at 4:18 of overtime, and Colorado bounced back after allowing two third-period goals.

Oilers 4, Panthers 1

In Edmonton, Jordan Eberle scored a pair of goals, and the Oilers stretched their winning streak to a season-high three games.

Sharks 5, Lightning 1

In San Jose, Tommy Wingels scored two goals and Patrick Marleau added a goal and two assists to help the Sharks earn their first home win in more than a month.