Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joseph Withstands Wings' Salvo, Saves Day - and Tie - for Blues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joseph Withstands Wings' Salvo, Saves Day - and Tie - for Blues

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After Blues goalie Curtis Joseph stopped a flurry of shots in overtime to preserve a 2-2 tie with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night at The Arena, Detroit general manager Bryan Murray had a question.

"How much does this guy make?" he asked, in a tone that suggested Joseph is worth every penny of the $1 million per year the Blues pay him.

"He's extraordinary every night," captain Brett Hull said, "but we do absolutely nothing to help him."

Detroit outshot the Blues 46-26 - 14-7 in the third period and 7-0 in the overtime. Without Joseph, the Blues wouldn't have had a chance. He earned the No. 1 star.

"He's unbelievable," backup goalie Jim Hrivnak said. "I'm his biggest fan. To play that consistently is unbelievable."

On the aforementioned overtime flurry, Joseph robbed Sergei Fedorov on a break-in, then stopped two follow-up shots by Niklas Lidstrom and another by Vyacheslav Kozlov. He later made a brilliant pad save on Mark Howe's screened shot from the right point.

"We'd have about eight goals with a normal goalie in there," Murray said.

"I'm a normal guy," Joseph said, with a laugh.

A normal guy but an exceptional goalie.

"I don't know about eight" goals, Blues winger Kelly Chase said. "Maybe six."

Blues coach Bob Berry became agitated when told of Murray's remark.

"I don't have a comment on that," Berry said. "Someone told me that we should have had 10 goals (Saturday) night against LA in the first period, but that and 15 cents will buy you a coffee."

That's true, but the Blues would be lost without this goaltender.

"He's awesome," said Hull, who scored twice and took over the team goal-scoring lead with 12. "They outplayed us, and we got a tie, thanks to Curtis."

Still, the tie disappointed many of the Blues, especially Berry. Detroit's determined Keith Primeau erased a 2-1 lead with 2 minutes 16 seconds remaining in the National Hockey League game by scoring his first goal in a month. …

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