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Colaiacovo's OT goal lifts Blues over Flyers

Carlo Colaiacovo scored 1:47 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Colaiacovo followed up Alex Steen's backhand attempt and rifled a slap shot over the left shoulder of goalie Brian Boucher to give the Blues the won in their season opener.

The Blues also got a goal from Brad Boyes. Steen had two assists, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots in his St. Louis debut.

The Flyers, who opened their season with a victory in Pittsburgh, got a goal from Danny Briere — his second in two games. Boucher stopped 23 shots in the loss.

The Blues took the lead in a penalty-filled opening period when Boyes scored a power-play goal at 15:48. Each team had a two-man advantage in the period, but only the Blues cashed in on theirs as Boyes deflected home a one-timer from Erik Johnson.

Halak preserved the lead with a couple of point-blank stops in the waning seconds of the opening period.

Halak thwarted Mike Richards on a short-handed attempt in the second period, kicking out his right pad during a 2-on-1 rush early in the period, in which the Blues outshot Philadelphia 11-6.

Briere finally got the Flyers on the board, knocking in a rebound high over Halak's glove after the goalie initially stopped Matt Carle's shot from the high slot 2:15 into the third period.

Briere nearly won it for the Flyers in overtime, but his shot from the slot hit the crossbar with 3:31 left.

NOTES: Flyers D Chris Pronger (right knee) missed his second straight game. Pronger played in 598 games over nine seasons with St. Louis (1995-2004). ... The Blues honored Hall of Famer Brett Hull with a pregame ceremony in which they unveiled a statue of Hull to go alongside Hall of Famers Bernie Federko and Al MacInnis. ... Flyers G Michael Leighton will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a herniated disk in his back. He will miss 6-to-8 weeks. ... Flyers F Scott Hartnell received an automatic ejection after instigating a fight with Blues F Brad Winchester. ... Blues F Cam Janssen (upper body) took an inadvertent elbow from Winchester late in the second period and didn't return.