NHL Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis
(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 3, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Travis Moen scored his first NHL goal to cap a three-goal second period, as the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Savvis Center. Jocelyn Thibault made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost just once in their last seven games (3-1-3).
Nathan Dempsey and Steve Sullivan also scored for Chicago, while Alexander Karpovtsev posted a pair of assists.
Eric Nickulas and Dallas Drake scored for St. Louis, which had a three-game winning streak stopped. Chris Osgood made 16 saves in defeat.
Moen converted a rebound into his first goal with 1:55 left in the second to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead. Mark Bell picked up the puck from Karpovtsev and fired a shot from a difficult angle in the right circle. Osgood made the save, but Moen gained control of the rebound at the left side of the crease and slipped a shot between the netminder's pads.
The Blackhawks scored three times on 10 shots in the second period, while Thibault turned aside all 12 shots he faced in the stanza.
The Blues pulled within one with 11:15 left in the third on a shorthanded goal by Drake. He stole the puck deep in the Chicago zone, spun around in the left circle and beat Thibault with a low shot to the stick side for his first goal of the year.
Thibault, though, stopped the other 15 shots he faced during the period.
Osgood robbed Brett McLean with a sliding pad stop just under four minutes into the contest and the Blues scored four minutes later on a 3-on-2 rush.
Ryan Johnson sent a pass at center ice to Nickulas, who carried the puck into the Chicago zone along the left wing. Nickulas waited for a screen to develop from the defenseman and fired a shot from the top of the circle through Thibault's pads for his first goal of the season.
The Blackhawks tied it just 4:09 into the second period when Dempsey was credited with his second goal of the season. Dempsey was battling for the puck in the left circle with St. Louis' John Pohl, who tried to sweep it away. The puck hit the skate of St. Louis defenseman Alex Khavanov and went past a stunned Osgood.
Chicago then went on top with a goal during a 4-on-3 power play. Karpovtsev and Sullivan worked the puck at the points and Sullivan wound up for a shot from the top of the slot that beat a screened Osgood at the 9:50 mark to make it 2-1.
Each of St. Louis' last five games have been decided by one goal (3-2)...The Blackhawks were 1-for-5 on the power play and killed off each of St. Louis' four chances with the extra skater...St. Louis, which opened a four-game homestand, lost for the first time in three tries at the Savvis Center this season.
11/01 22:52:39 ET