Blues beat Wings

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The St. Louis left wing Geoff Courtnall scored on a penalty shot in the third period for the go-ahead goal in the Blues' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

"Anytime you score, it's exciting," Courtnall said. "But to get a penalty shot and have 20,000 people watching you, it's a big relief when it goes in."

Courtnall was on a breakaway when he was hooked by Aaron Ward, as he fell down Courtnall almost scored on a shot that reflected off the right post.

"Personally, I thought he really embellished it by diving, and he actually hit the post," Red Wings associate coach Smith said. "So, it wasn't like not getting a shot. It was a gimme call and that hurt."

On the penalty shot Courtnall scored on a vicious wrist shot just under the cross bar.

"I knew he was going to go there, but he put it right beside my ear where it's hard to catch the puck," Detroit goalie Chris Osgood said. "If he wouldn't have put it there, he wouldn't have scored."

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