NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago
(Sunday, February 25th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, St. Louis 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Duncan Keith, Adrian Aucoin and Bryan Smolinski each scored first period goals as Chicago smoked the St. Louis Blues, 5-1.
Martin Havlat posted a goal and two assists while Nikolai Khabibulin finished with 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who put the breaks on a five-game losing streak.
Lee Stempniak scored the lone-goal for the Blues, who came out flat after forward Keith Tkachuk was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday morning in exchange for forward Glen Metropolit, first and third round draft choices in 2007 and a second round draft pick in 2008.
"It was tough to play without Tkachuk, but we're all professionals and that's no excuse," said Blues forward Bill Guerin, also a target of trade rumors. "We have to move on."
St. Louis netminder Curtis Sanford gave up four goals on just 11 shots before being replaced by Jason Bacashihua in the third period.
Chicago got going 6:07 into the contest when Keith's shot from the left point went off a St. Louis player and past Sanford for the goal. Then, just under three minutes later with the Blackhawks on the power play, Aucoin rifled a shot from the right point past a screened Sanford to make it 2-0.
Smolinski then stuffed home his own rebound with 6:01 left in the first period as the Blackhawks bolted out to a 3-0 lead.
The Blues looked as if they'd take some momentum into the final 20 minutes when Stempniak got St. Louis on the board with 1:38 left in the second period. However, Havlat answered just 16 seconds later to restore Chicago's three-goal advantage.
The Blue had a full two minute 5-on-3 power play late in the third period and pulled Bacashihua for an extra skater. However, the move backfired as Patrick Sharp scored on the empty net from deep in the Chicago zone.
"We had a great first period," said Havlat. "It was good to get a good start and good to get a victory."
St. Louis saw its season-high four-game winning streak come to an end...Chicago took the season-series with St. Louis 5-3...Bacashihua stopped all five shots he faced in the third period.
02/25 18:22:56 ET