Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Blues 1

February, 19, 2012
2/19/12
2:21
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: Dave Bolland scored the winning goal late in the third after the Hawks tied it earlier that period on a Duncan Keith point blast. The Hawks trailed 1-0 most of the afternoon as Andy McDonald’s late score in the first period looked like it might hold up. McDonald tallied after Corey Crawford and Nick Leddy weren’t able to corral a loose puck in the crease. The play was reviewed due to the puck being kicked towards the net but it was determined a stick touched it before going in. The Hawks were shut down on offense for a lot of the first period, going over 15 minutes without a shot on net. But they played better in the second and that carried over to the third. Jonathan Toews went sprawling but got a puck up-ice to Patrick Kane, who dropped it off to Patrick Sharp in the offensive zone. Sharp waited until help arrived, finding Keith at the point for the score. Bolland’s winning tally came when he centered a puck which went in off of David Backes' stick. Marian Hossa added an empty-netter to seal it.

What it means: It’s a huge win, just the Hawks’ second this season when scoring two goals or less (without the empty netter). The key was the Hawks’ work ethic after the first period as well as Crawford’s play in the opening 20 minutes to keep it close. The Hawks got better as the game went along, earning the offense they finally produced in the third. The Blues were 25-1-1 when leading after two periods coming into the game, so the Hawks bucked that trend in a big way. All of a sudden they are starting to win in different ways, making their claims of becoming a better team due to their recent losing streak seem like a possibility. A solid final two periods produced their third consecutive win after nine straight losses. One of the best wins of the season, considering the start.

What’s next: The Hawks continue a mini-homestand with a visit from the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
21 8 13 -2
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsJ. Toews 10
AssistsP. Kane 13
+/-N. Hjalma... 8
GAAC. Crawford 1.98