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Blackhawks get by Blues in OT

Apr 7, 2011 - 7:06 AM
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jonathan Toews lit the lamp with 1:41 left in overtime to push Chicago past St. Louis, 4-3, at United Center.

Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith sent a pass from his own end near the opposition blue line to spring Toews, who skated down the left wing and scored low and inside the left post to end the game.

Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Nick Leddy also tallied for the Blackhawks, who snapped a two-game slide and moved into seventh place in the Western Conference with 95 points, two ahead of Anaheim. The Ducks host San Jose later Wednesday.

"It was a huge two points," Keith said. "We have to keep playing harder and better."

Corey Crawford made his 25th consecutive start and won with 21 saves.

David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Chris Stewart scored for the Blues, who saw their two-game win streak halted.

Ty Conklin was the hard-luck loser with 35 stops in his 200th NHL contest.

The Blackhawks got within 2-1 at 7:52 of the second, when a shot from Sharp hit Hossa's skate at the right post, slid across the goal line, and was swept out quickly by Conklin's glove. A lengthy review --taking over eight minutes of real time -- determined there was no kicking motion and the puck did cross the line, though barely, at the left pipe.

It seemed to energize the home team, who scored twice more before the end of the period.

Kopecky evened the game at 13:23 by potting a rebound in the crease, then Leddy blew a shot from the left point through a screen for a 3-2 Chicago lead at 18:10.

Stewart scored at 9:44 of the third period and Conklin made eight stops to get the game to an extra session.

A Backes wrister just 17 seconds into the contest gave the Blues a 1-0 edge, then Oshie doubled the lead 66 seconds into the second period on a power play.

"I thought the flow of the game was working in the right direction," Blues head coach Davis Payne said.

Game Notes

Chicago won four of six from St. Louis in the season series...Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp returned after a seven-game absence due to a knee injury, recording seven shots and that key assist in almost 20 minutes of ice time...Backes tied his career high of 31 goals.