Weight's PP goal with 2 seconds left sinks Panthers

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Doug Weight nearly lost all track of time. In the end, he had just enough.

Weight scored a power-play goal with two seconds left, following a too many men on the ice penalty, to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory Thursday night over the Florida Panthers.

"I honestly thought there was about 15 seconds left,'' Weight said. "It kind of surprised me there were only two seconds left. You just want to get the puck on the net.''

The infraction, called with 54 seconds remaining, was the only penalty whistled against the Panthers in the game.

"It didn't look like we were going to get a power play at that stage of the game,'' Blues coach Joel Quenneville said. "We got a break and we turned it into a big play.''

Al MacInnis started the play. His shot hit Scott Mellanby and bounced to Cory Stillman, who passed it to Weight.

"Stillman had a lot of time and made a nice pass to me,'' Weight said. "I just wanted to miss (Viktor) Kozlov's pads and fortunately I did it. It hit somebody else and fortunately it went in. It found the net.

"It was a bounce for us, but I think we deserved it.''

Panthers goalie Jani Hurme said he didn't see the shot.

"There were so many guys in front of the net, it was tough to
see,'' Hurme said. "By the time I saw it, it was already by me.''

Florida coach Mike Keenan credited the Blues for taking
advantage of the Panthers' mistake.

"It was our own fault. We gave them the points,'' said Keenan, who formerly coached the Blues. "We played well. We made one critical mistake and they took advantage of it. Give them full credit. They got one opportunity to put the game away and they did it.''

The Blues are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games and have won five of seven. St. Louis is in fourth place, ahead of Colorado, for the final home ice spot in the Western Conference playoffs. St. Louis and Colorado each have five games remaining including a meeting on April 6 in Denver.

Florida has lost five straight and scored just one goal in each loss.

Eric Boguniecki gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 10:58 of the third period when he knocked in a rebound just inside the right post. Hurme made a pad save of Barret Jackman's shot and the rebound went out into the slot. Boguniecki swiped at the puck and beat Hurme for his 21st goal.

Denis Shvidki scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot at 13:04
to tie it for Florida. A double minor for high sticking was called
on Ryan Johnson to set up the goal.

Florida recorded three shots during a power play that began with
4:09 left. The Panthers outshot the Blues 17-7 in the third period
of the only meeting this season between the teams. Florida is 1-6-1
in St. Louis and 3-10-3 overall against the Blues.

There was little action and few scoring chances in the first two
periods. The Blues outshot the Panthers 9-6 in the second period
after holding a 10-5 advantage in the first.

There were just six penalties called in the game. Two were
whistled in the first period and none in the second.

Brent Johnson got a rare start in goal for the Blues and stopped
27 shots.

Game notes
The Blues recalled D Christian Backman from Worcester of
the AHL. ... Florida G Roberto Luongo was scratched. He hurt his
knee in Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Buffalo when he was hit by Ales
Kotalik's shot. ... St. Louis RW Reed Low served the second of his
two-game suspension for receiving his third instigator penalty
Sunday in Dallas. D Jeff Finley served the second of his four-game
suspension for grabbing Dallas' Derian Hatcher from the penalty box
last Sunday.