Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Blues 2

January, 22, 2013
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: After relying heavily on their offense for their first two wins, the Blackhawks knocked off the Blues thanks to their play on both ends of the ice Tuesday. The Blackhawks scored a goal in each of the three periods, and the defense and goaltending took care of the rest. Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg each scored goals in the win. The Blues scored both of their goals in the third period. They cut the Blackhawks' lead to 3-2 with 5:08 remaining, and the Blackhawks' defense and goalie Corey Crawford kept the Blues out of the net the remainder of the game.

Player of the game: A shutout continued to be elusive for Crawford, but he was on top of his game otherwise. He held the Blues off the scoreboard for the first two periods. He made 31 saves and improved to 2-0 on the season.

What it means: The Blackhawks have won their first three games to start a season for the time since the 1972-1973 season. The Blackhawks began that season with four consecutive wins. They also continued to own the Blues at the United Center. It was the Blackhawks' eighth consecutive win over the Blues in Chicago.

What's next: The Blackhawks hit the road again after their victory. They travel to face the Dallas Stars on Thursday and then head off to meet the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Eight of the Blackhawks' next nine games are on the road.
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 +/-
51 22 29 9
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 22
AssistsP. Kane 29
+/-J. Toews 16
GAAC. Crawford 2.26