NHL Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis|
(Monday, February 21st)
Final Score: Chicago 5, St. Louis 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews capped a four-goal second
period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-3,
Monday at Scottrade Center.
Corey Crawford made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who were coming off a
shootout win at home against Pittsburgh on Sunday. They have won three of four
"Anything less than two points is unacceptable," Toews said. "It's a
confidence builder to get two in a row. These are games we need."
With the victory, Chicago created a five-team logjam between the seventh and
11th spots in the Western Conference standings. St. Louis has 63 points, five
fewer than the Blackhawks.
Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes had given the Blues a 2-0 lead in the opening
frame, while Alex Pietrangelo drew St. Louis within a goal in the third
Ben Bishop, making his first start of the season for the Blues, was pulled in
the second after allowing four goals on 18 shots. Ty Conklin stopped seven
shots in relief.
Chicago tallied four times in a 10:22 span in the middle stanza to erase a
Viktor Stalberg put home a backhand at 2:18, then Dave Bolland converted a
feed from Marian Hossa a minute later. The Blackhawks moved ahead when Patrick
Kane snapped a wrister from the right circle that beat Bishop on the far side
at 6:29. Toews' power-play goal made it 4-2 at 12:40.
"I would have liked to have that fourth one back, but I have to make a save
there and keep the team in the game," Bishop said.
St. Louis trailed 4-3 after Pietrangelo let go a slap shot that deflected in
off Crawford at the 8:48 mark of the third period.
The Blues pulled Conklin in favor of an extra skater down the stretch, but
their comeback fell shot as Hossa hit the empty net in the waning seconds.
A power-play goal by McDonald put St. Louis on the board 15:04 into the
contest. Boyes doubled the advantage at 16:49.
Chicago won consecutive games for the first time since January 16-22...The
Blues had their win streak snapped at three games...The Blackhawks improved to
10-15-2 when allowing the first goal...St. Louis forward Brad Winchester
played in his 300th career game.
02/21 19:39:16 ET