Rapid Reaction: Blues 4, Hawks 3 (SO)

April, 4, 2013
4/04/13
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the St. Louis Blues' 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Thursday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks looked like they were headed toward another third-period collapse. The Blackhawks surrendered a 2-1 lead when they allowed the Blues to score the first two goals of the third period. Viktor Stalberg saved the day for the Blackhawks by tying the game with 4:29 left. It was his first goal since March 1. In the shootout, the Blues outscored the Blackhawks 4-3 in six rounds. Adam Cracknell accounted for the Blues' first two goals, and David Backes scored the third one. Jonathan Toews, who also had an assist, and Brandon Saad also scored for the Blackhawks. Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made 33 saves, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

Player of the game: Cracknell scored his first two goals of the season.

What it means: The Blackhawks pulled out one point, but their third-period play still has to be a concern. They've dominated teams in the first and second periods this season, but they've been outscored 32-30 in third periods. Blackhawks are now 27-5-4 with 58 points. The Blues improved to 19-14-2 with 40 points.

What's next: The Blackhawks will face the Nashville Predators in back-to-back games this week. They will play in Nashville on Saturday and in Chicago on Sunday. The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 3-2 in a shootout on Monday.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
39 18 21 10
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 18
AssistsP. Kane 21
+/-K. Versteeg 15
GAAC. Crawford 2.00