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Rapid Reaction: Blues 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)

10/17/2013

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Thursday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks and Blues have shown in two early-season meetings that there’s not much separating them. After a late third-period Blues goal decided the first game, the Blues came through with a shootout win on Thursday. The Blackhawks and Blues traded goals through the first two periods. Brandon Pirri scored his first NHL goal to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead in the first period, and the Blues’ David Backes evened the score later in the period. Marian Hossa put the Blackhawks ahead 2-1 at 17:22 of the second period, and the Blues’ Alexander Steen tied the game 51 seconds later. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 26 saves, and Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak had 27 saves. Halak saved all three shootout shots, and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues in the shootout.

What it means: Six of the Blackhawks’ seven games have been decided by one goal, and they have already played in three shootouts, in which they're 1-2. They were able to get the game into overtime, unlike last week’s game against the Blues. The Blues scored the game winner in the final minute in St. Louis on Oct. 9. The Blackhawks did have a stronger third period than in recent games. They had been outscored 6-0 in the third period in their previous five games. The Blues were playing in their first road game after opening the season with five consecutive home games. The Blues improved to 5-1-0, and the Blackhawks fell to 4-1-2.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks took 13 shots on goal in the first period and had only 14 shots on goal over the next two periods.

Player of the game: Hossa accounted for a goal and set up Pirri for his goal. Hossa has five points on the season.

What’s next: The Blackhawks remain home and host the Toronto Maple Leafs and former Blackhawk Dave Bolland on Saturday.