First-period wrap: Blues 3, Hawks 1


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks trail the St. Louis Blues 3-1 after the first period at the United Center.

The Hawks struck first when they moved the puck up ice quickly as Patrick Kane found Andrew Brunette at center ice. Brunette made a touch pass to Marian Hossa inside the offensive zone and then Hossa gave it right back to Brunette who made a nice move on Jaroslav Halak for the goal.

But St. Louis scored three unanswered goals while the Hawks had defensive breakdowns in their own end. First Niklas Hjalmarsson peeled off Jamie Langenbrunner who had time and space to shoot and score. Then Johnny Oduya got beat on a passing play which Andy McDonald tallied on. Finally, a great re-direct by Patrick Berglund finished the scoring for the Blues.

The game got chippy when Jamal Mayers dropped the gloves with BJ Crombeen and then later Mayers was nailed by Ryan Reaves. Immediately, Brandon Bollig jumped Reaves and was given an instigator penalty to go along with his fifth fighting major in less than seven career games.

The Hawks will be shorthanded to start the second period.