NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago
(Wednesday, January 21st)
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Chris Mason stopped 21 shots to record his second shutout of the season, leading St. Louis past Chicago, 2-0, at United Center.
Jeff Woywitka and Keith Tkachuk added goals for the Blues (19-23-4), who hit the All-Star break having won three of four but in last place in the Central Division.
Cristobal Huet made 27 saves in the setback for the Blackhawks (25-12-8), who have dropped three of four heading into the schedule stoppage.
"We didn't play the way we should have. We were probably thinking about the break too much," said Hawks forward Jonathan Toews. "We just played them tough and won. Tonight, we didn't have it."
The visitors squandered an early five-minute power play as Hawks defenseman Cam Barker took down Blues forward David Backes with a questionable hit and was given a major for interference.
After amassing a 16-3 shot advantage through the opening 20 minutes, the Blues eventually took a 1-0 lead on a late man advantage on a Woywitka blast that trickled through Huet's pads with 1:55 left in the first.
Mason was only tested six times in the second period and stopped all the chances.
Tkachuk gave St. Louis a two-goal edge 7:28 into the third period, and Mason kept the Hawks off the board with a 12-save effort.
"They had a couple good shots, but it was hard to stay in the game early," Mason admitted. "We kept pressuring them because we knew they were going to come out hard in the third period."
Mason picked up his 14th career blanking and second with the Blues...Backes left the game with a leg injury but returned later in the contest...St. Louis has won three of four over Chicago this season, including both at United Center...The Blackhawks were shut out for the third time this season and for the first time at home...St. Louis opens its post-All-Star schedule by hosting Ottawa next Thursday, and Chicago resumes play next Wednesday by starting an eight-game road trip in Anaheim.
01/21 23:51:03 ET