Blues win series in OT

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1999 Playoffs

St. Louis-
Phoenix series

St. Louis


Pierre Turgeon scored with 2:01 left in overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 7 Tuesday night. The Blues became only the 15th team in NHL history to win a playoff series after trailing three games to one.

"It was kinda lucky goal, but it's a big one," Turgeon said.

Nikolai Khabibulin made 27 saves in regulation and eight more in overtime before Turgeon deflected a shot from the blue line by Ricard Persson in the net for the series-winner.

"I was just so happy," said Turgeon. "It was a great relief. I felt so good, especially after we were down 3-1. Coming back like this is a great feeling."

The Coyotes received a huge emotional boost from the return of Jeremy Roenick, who missed the six first games of the series with a broken jaw. It just was not enough for Phoenix.

"I think this is the time of year you have to suck things up," Roenick said.

Blues coach Joel Quenneville called the game unbelievable.

"What a thrill to be a part of it," he said. "I commend the Phoenix Coyotes for a tremendous series. They battled right to the end."

For the Coyotes it was yet another early exit from the playoffs. The franchise has reached the second round only twice in 14 postseasons dating to 1982. It was also the third time this decade they blew a 3-1 lead in a series.

"It's terrible," Keith Tkachuk said. "It stinks. Any time you're up 3-1 and lose the series, especially in overtime, it's terrible. Everybody gave it their all. We ran out of bodies and ran out of time."

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