ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It took the St. Louis Blues 60 shots to get to Patrick Roy, so they just kept firing.
Scott Young's goal at 10:27 of the second overtime gave the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, and new life in the Western Conference finals. The Blues twice rallied to tie it in the third period, and narrowed the Avalanche's series lead to 2-1 heading into Game 4 Friday night in St. Louis.
"I don't know how many pucks we had to throw on the net," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think across the board, the guys wouldn't be denied."
Wednesday, May 16
St. Louis 4, Colorado 3, 2OT, Colorado leads series 2-1
Thursday, May 17
New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Friday, May 18
Colorado at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
Al MacInnis got off 10 shots, including a slap shot to the gut near the end of regulation that doubled over Roy, Chris Pronger had eight shots and Young six. Young, who had a career-high 40 goals in the regular season, took a pass from Pierre Turgeon at the blue line and beat Roy just inside the left post for his sixth goal of the postseason.
"I just threw it in the middle and I was hoping it wasn't going to hit any sticks or skates, and it was a great shot," Turgeon said. "Great release, big goal, big win, good feeling."
The Avalanche weren't blaming Roy for the game-winner, or the Blues' two tying goals. Defenseman Adam Foote said the strategy of sitting on the lead put too much pressure on Roy, who had allowed six goals in his previous six playoff games.
"He's always there for us," Foote said. "We can't let him see this many shots. We were in our end way too long."
Goals by Scott Mellanby and Jamal Mayers erased third-period deficits, and Alexander Khavanov also scored for the Blues, who totaled three goals in the first two games of the series at Denver. The goal ended the longest overtime of this year's playoffs, topping the Blues' victory in Game 3 of their second-round series against Dallas by 61 seconds.
The Blues overcame a shaky outing from goalie Roman Turek, who gave up three goals on only 16 shots in regulation. Turek handed the Avalanche their second goal of the first period when he fumbled the puck to Dan Hinote. He then gave Colorado an empty net at 4:40 of the first overtime after bobbling a Chris Drury drive, but managed to get his stick on a Stephane Yelle backhander that hit the goal post.
"I had to play unbelievable for them after what happened," Turek said. "We were the much better team."
Yelle said the missed opportunity will be hard to forget.
"I had a wide-open net, and all I had to do was lift the puck up a couple of inches," he said. "I'll be thinking about it the next couple of days."
Ray Bourque and Eric Messier also scored for Colorado, which had 33 shots. Messier's goal on a 2-on-1 break with Shjon Podein gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with 7:20 to play.
Mayers, a fourth-line forward who scored a career-best eight goals in the regular season, forced overtime when he deflected Chris Pronger's shot past Roy with 5:43 left in regulation.
Mellanby tied it at 2 with the Blues' first even-strength goal of the series. He carried the puck into the offensive zone off a feed from Mike Eastwood, faked a forehand and whipped a backhander around Roy at 10:13 of the third.
Khavanov's third goal of the playoffs, an easy tap-in after Roy stopped Pavol Demitra's wrist shot, came on a power play and put St. Louis ahead for the first time in the series at 5:54 of the first.
The Avalanche, outshot 8-0 at the start, scored the first time they tested Turek. Just 1:02 after Colorado fell behind, Bourque scored his second goal of the postseason on a power-play drive from the point between Turek's pads.
Hinote had an empty net on the Avalanche's third shot at 8:36 of the first after Turek misplayed the puck on a dump-in by Dave Reid, which was officially credited as his first save. Turek came out of the net but couldn't decide whether to glove the puck, dive on it or swat it away. He did none of the above.
Part of the sellout crowd cheered sarcastically the next time Turek successfully handled the puck, on a Blues power play.
Notes: Demitra, scoreless in the first two games, had two assists for the Blues. ... The Blues' Cory Stillman took a puck off the bridge of his nose on a MacInnis clearing effort at 1:45 of the second and immediately left for repairs. He returned with about eight minutes gone. ... Bourque has 176 career playoff points, tied for eighth on the NHL list with Jean Beliveau. He had been tied with Denis Savard. ... The Avalanche fell to 4-2 on the road in the playoffs. ... Colorado has played at least one overtime game in 15 of its last 17 series. The Avalanche are 1-3 this year in playoff overtimes.
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