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St. Louis 3, Anaheim 2
Posted: Thursday March 20, 2003 11:01 PM
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ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues extended the longest active run of consecutive playoff berths in professional sports as Pavol Demitra scored a mesmerizing overtime goal for a 3-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Demitra scored twice and Doug Weight added a power-play tally for the Blues, who needed only a point to earn their 24th straight postseason appearance.

Demitra single-handedly collected the second point, picking up a rebound to the left of goaltender Martin Gerber and stickhandling around him before scoring from behind the goal line at 2:22 of overtime.

Goalie Chris Osgood won for the third time in as many starts for the Blues, who stretched their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) and won for the eighth time in their last 10 tries (8-1-1).

Osgood stopped Paul Kariya on a breakaway with 15:54 left in regulation for one of his 24 saves, helping St. Louis solidify its hold on fourth place in the Western Conference.

Anaheim erased a two-goal deficit in the second period but failed to take over sole possession of sixth place in the West.