Final Score: St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 (SO)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the
sixth round of the shootout as the St. Louis Blues took a 4-3 win over the
Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.
In the sixth round after Brian Elliott stopped Michal Handzus, Shattenkirk
skated in on net and buried a wrister past Corey Crawford for the win.
Adam Cracknell scored his first two goals of the season while David Backes
also scored for the Blues, who have won their past two. Elliott stopped 33
shots in the win.
"It's exciting playing at this place and in this atmosphere," said Cracknell.
"I was real happy to be able to contribute and help the club gain some ground
in the playoff push."
The win gives St. Louis 40 points on the season as the team moved into the
eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist while Brandon Saad and Viktor Stalberg
also scored for the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, who had a two-game
winning streak stopped. Crawford made just 19 stops in the game.
"It's definitely not fun when you give up late goals," said Crawford. "I
really didn't feel good about that shootout. Disappointing night for me, for
all of us."
St. Louis got the only goal of the first period on Cracknell's first of the
season thanks to his big blast from the right circle that hit off the stick of
a Hawk and went in with 3:57 to play.
Chicago, though, scored twice in the early part of the second period to take
Toews got the first goal at the 3:18 mark when he slammed home the rebound off
a Brent Seabrook shot, then he set up the second goal 2:27 later when his pass
from the right boards to the front was shot home by Saad.
The Blues tied the game 3:30 into the third when Cracknell stole the puck
from the right point in his own zone and went the other way. He skated down
the middle then slid to the right before sliding the puck under Crawford for
his second of the game.
St. Louis then made it a 3-2 game 3 1/2 minutes later as Jay Bouwmeester let
fly with a shot from the right point that saw Backes jam it home for his
fourth of the season.
The Blackhawks, though, tied the game with 4:31 to play as a shot from the
right point by Michal Rozsival was blocked in front, but Stalberg swept in the
Chicago plays in Nashville on Saturday ... St. Louis hosts Columbus on Friday
... Chicago has won two of the three games with St. Louis this season ...
Toews' assist was the 200th helper of his career ... Chicago forward Marian
Hossa returned to play after missing six games with an upper body injury.
04/05 00:59:34 ET
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