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Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Blues 2 (F/OT)

4/26/2014

ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series at the Scottrade Center on Friday.

How it happened: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal on a breakaway at 7:36 of overtime. The Blackhawks were the first to score on the night, as Marian Hossa broke his four-game scoreless drought. He scored off his own rebound at 16:11 of the first period. The Blues tied the game at 1-1, when T.J. Oshie scored with a backhanded shot as he was skidding on his knees at 11:04 in the second period. Ben Smith put the Blackhawks back ahead 2-1 with a backhanded shot near the net six minutes later in the second. The Blues tied it again at 2-2, when Jaden Schwartz set up Alex Pietrangelo for a goal on a 2-on-1 rush at 1:42 of the third period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford and Blues goaltender Ryan Miller each made 27 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks became the first team in the series to win on the road. They took home-ice advantage away from the Blues and a 3-2 lead in the series. The Blackhawks have a chance to close out the series at home on Sunday. Four of the five games have been decided in overtime. Each team has won twice in overtime. Both teams continued to have power-play woes and penalty-killing success. They each were 0-for-2 on the power play in the game. The Blackhawks are 2-for-18 for the series, and the Blues are 2-for-23.

Player of the game: Toews scored the winning goal. He has six points in the series.

Stat of the game: Hossa had seven shots on goal, scoring once.

What’s next: The series returns to Chicago for Game 6 on Sunday.