Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Despite Boos, Pronger Earns Star and Praise from Keenan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Despite Boos, Pronger Earns Star and Praise from Keenan

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The game on Chris Pronger's night of redemption ended similarly to the one for which he sought redemption - a tie. But on this night, he was more hero than goat.

Pronger scored a goal and helped set up another as the Blues tied the Calgary Flames 3-3 Thursday at Kiel Center.

Nine days earlier, the Flames tied the Blues 1-1 at the Saddledome, where German Titov scored the tying goal on a power play with just over four minutes remaining and Pronger in the penalty box.

Titov scored two goals and was named the No. 1 star Thursday. No. 2 star Adam Creighton had a goal and assisted on Pronger's goal. Pronger got the third star.

Calgary's Zarley Zalapski and the Blues' Shayne Corson also scored, with Craig Johnson setting up Corson for the game-tying goal at 5 minutes 38 seconds of the final period.

Calgary's Ron Stern took a five-minute major for slashing Jeff Norton with 3:55 remaining in overtime, but the Blues couldn't score. Goalie Rick Tabaracci stopped Al MacInnis and kicked Pronger's shot just wide.

A game-winning overtime goal would have been a perfect finish to Pronger's night, but he wasn't picky.

"It feels good to score a goal any time, especially in this situation," he said. "We needed a goal."

Especially Pronger, who had the misfortune of being traded for popular Brendan Shanahan. Pronger hadn't scored in 17 games since Oct. 25, when he got the game-winner against his previous team - the Hartford Whalers.

There was some bad mixed in with Pronger's good on this night. He inadvertently screened Grant Fuhr on Titov's first goal after making a good play on Michael Nylander. Later, Zalapski scored a power-play goal with Pronger in the penalty box.

But, overall, he had one of his better games. He logged more than 30 minutes and made the basic plays. Although he didn't please the paid crowd of 17,197 - he was booed when named as a star - he pleased his coaches and teammates. …

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