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NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago

(Wednesday, April 1st)

Final Score: Chicago 3, St. Louis 1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews and Samuel Pahlsson each tallied in the first period as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, at United Center.

Colin Fraser added a short-handed goal for Chicago, which recovered from a 4-1 setback at Montreal on Tuesday. The Blackhawks, who have won four of six overall, claimed their first win of the season over St. Louis (1-4-1). Chicago has 93 points and sits fourth in the Western Conference.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 16-of-17 shots for the Blackhawks.

"The early goal gave us confidence and we started playing our team game at that point," Toews said. "We want to play our best hockey now and focus on the things we can control."

Jeff Woywitka scored for the Blues, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. St. Louis remains one point out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. They are bidding for their first playoff appearance since the 2003-04 campaign.

Chris Mason, who was making his 28th straight start between the pipes, made 27 saves for St. Louis.

"We just weren't with it tonight," Mason said. "You aren't going to win every game, but we needed to be ready tonight and we just weren't. Every game is big for us down the stretch."

Chicago drew first blood when Toews lit the lamp with 8:15 left in the opening period. The Blackhawks center took a pass from Martin Havlat along the right wing boards, skated into the low slot and slid the puck past Mason on the stick side to give the hosts the lead.

Pahlsson then made it a 2-0 game a little over four minutes later when he put one home from in close on a feed from Andrew Ladd from behind the net.

After a scoreless second period that saw the Blackhawks outshoot the Blues by a 10-4 margin, the hosts took a two-goal cushion into the intermission.

With Patrick Kane in the box serving a hooking minor late in the third, Chicago struck for a shorthanded tally. Fraser took a pass from Patrick Sharp and chipped a backhander that just got over the glove hand of Mason to up the hosts' lead to 3-0 with 4:31 left in the contest.

The Blues snapped Khabibulin's bid for a shutout with only 1.5 seconds left when Woywitka scored from in close.

Game Notes

Chicago concludes its brief two-game homestand against Nashville on Friday, while the Blues resume their five-game road trip at Detroit on Thursday...The Blackhawks improved to 22-9-7 at home this season...St. Louis dropped to 14-18-4 as the visitor...The Blackhawks are now 0-for-17 on the power play in their last three games.

04/02 00:25:33 ET

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