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Blues continue to struggle heading into playoffs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Pavol Demitra meant to make a pass, but he ended
up scoring the winning goal.

Demitra's pass deflected off the stick of Chicago's Alex
Zhamnov and past rookie goalie Michael Leighton just more than five
minutes into the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-2 tie
with the Blackhawks on Friday night.

''I was a little lucky,'' Demitra said. ''I was going for Scott
Mellanby's stick. Even when I saw it go in, I was thinking Mel put
it in, but I guess it hit someone else's stick or something.''

Zhamnov, who had a goal and assist for Chicago, said he was just
trying to stop the pass.

''I got a couple of goals tonight I guess,'' Zhamnov said.

Dallas Drake also scored for the Blues, whose winless streak
reached four games (0-2-2).

St. Louis will face Colorado next week in the opening round of
the playoffs.

Steve Sullivan also had a goal and assist for the Blackhawks.
Chicago is undefeated in its last three games (1-0-2).

St. Louis goalie Chris Osgood, starting his fourth consecutive game, made 26 saves, including seven in overtime.

''We needed to get some type of point out of this game'' Osgood
said. ''We've really stung ourselves lately. We haven't been
playing too good and have let points slip away.''

An apparent goal by Chicago's Tyler Arnason 9:33 into the third
was waved off by referee Eric Furlatt. Although Arnason tucked the
puck over the goal line, the net was knocked off its mooring by a
player in front.

Osgood stopped Chicago's Eric Daze on a point-blank chance 50
seconds into overtime, and barely got a piece of a shot by Sullivan
with 1:56 left in the extra period. He also stopped Arnason from
the edge of the crease with three seconds left.

''We were going for the win and rightly so,'' Sullivan said.
''They were still trying to get home-ice advantage and we were
trying to eliminate that. We want to be the spoilers.''

Drake opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 10 minutes of the
first period. He put a one-timer past Leighton from the edge of the
crease after taking a pass from Valeri Bure behind the net.

Zhamnov tied it at 1 just 1:15 later. After taking feed from
Sullivan off the back boards, Zhamnov beat Osgood on the stick side
with a quick wrist shot from the right circle.

Zhamnov set up Sullivan to give Chicago a 2-1 lead 4:46 into the
third. After taking Zhamnov's cross-ice pass, Sullivan connected
from the left circle.

Game notes
Blackhawks left wing Mark Bell left the game with bruised leg
after being hit by the puck midway through the first period. He
didn't return. ... Chicago defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev missed the game
with the flu. ... Rookie left wing Igor Radulov rejoined the Blackhawks
after being sent to Norfolk of the AHL for the week. He had four
goals in his first five NHL games, from March 23-30. ... Drake's
goal was his 20th. His previous season high was 19, set in 1995-96
with Winnipeg. ... The Blues are 0-2-3-1 in their past six games in the United Center and haven't won in Chicago since Dec. 10, 2000.