Rangers 4, Blues 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Jan Hlavac, awarded a goal while he was in the dressing room, scored twice as the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Radek Dvorak added a goal and an assist, and Mike Richter made 28 saves for the Rangers, who have won seven of eight.
Hlavac scored his first goal with 51.7 seconds left in the first period by poking a rebound of Petr Nedved’s shot past Blues goalie Roman Turek. The goal wasn’t awarded immediately as the puck sat on the goal line for a second or two, then was cleared away.
Play continued until the end of the period and the Rangers skated off with what appeared to be a 1-0 lead. However, because there had not been a stoppage before the end of period, officials reviewed the play during intermission.
When the teams came out for the second period, it was announced that Hlavac’s shot crossed the line and he was awarded his eighth goal of the season. The game was restarted from that point, and the teams officially finished the first period.
Hlavac scored his ninth goal 1:37 into the second period to make it 3-0. Nedved assisted on New York’s first three goals.
Tim Taylor added an empty netter with 30 seconds left New York’s other goal.
Pierre Turgeon scored off a rebound with 6:15 left in the game to ruin Richter’s shutout bid.
St. Louis did not have a shot on goal during the first 20 minutes until less than 30 seconds remained. But that shot was subsequently taken away when the final 51.7 seconds were replayed. It marked the first time since April 5, 1978, the Blues were held without a shot in a period.
The loss was only the third for the Blues in their last 17 at home (10-3-4).
New York’s first goal, scored by Dvorak with 3:39 left in the first period, also came courtesy of the video replay. Dvorak took a wrist shot from down low that Turek caught with his glove. After review, it was ruled that Turek reached into the net to grab the puck, and Dvorak was awarded his ninth goal.