Final

Series (Game 5 of 8)

Chicago leads 5-3

Game 1: Tuesday, October 11th
Blackhawks1Final
Blues4
Game 2: Wednesday, November 2nd
Blackhawks6Final
OT
Blues5
Game 3: Thursday, November 10th
Blackhawks4Final
Blues2
Game 4: Friday, December 16th
Blues1Final
Blackhawks5
Game 5: Wednesday, December 28th
Blues2Final
Blackhawks1
Game 6: Thursday, February 2nd
Blackhawks5Final
SO
Blues6
Game 7: Wednesday, March 29th
Blues2Final
OT
Blackhawks3
Game 8: Tuesday, April 18th
Blues2Final
OT
Blackhawks3

Blues 2

(9-21-4, 22 pts)

Blackhawks 1

(13-19-4, 30 pts)

8:30 PM ET, December 28, 2005

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
STL 2 0 02
CHI 0 0 11

E. Brewer (Blues - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Bacashihua (Blues - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: .955

S. Young (Blues - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

St Louis (8-21-4) at Chicago (13-18-4) 8:30 pm EST

St Louis (8-21-4) at Chicago (13-18-4) 8:30 pm EST

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Nikolai Khabibulin and the Chicago Blackhawks look to shake off a pair of gut-wrenching losses when they host the lowly St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

Despite owning late leads in each of their last two games, the Blackhawks suffered last-minute meltdowns and eventually lost both contests in overtime.

Chicago led by two goals in the final minute Friday only to allow the Detroit Red Wings to tally twice in the final minute. Pavel Datsyuk would ultimately net the game-winner with two-tenths of a second remaining in overtime, as the Red Wings escaped with a 3-2 triumph.

The Blackhawks led Columbus, 3-2, in the final minute on Monday, but Khabibulin got beat by Nikolai Zherdev with 24 seconds left in regulation. Rookie Jaroslav Balastik tallied in the extra session to hand Chicago its fourth straight loss.

Khabibulin stopped 28 shots and Martin Lapointe tallied for the second straight game for the Blackhawks, who have dropped six of their last seven.

Chicago has enjoyed success this season against St. Louis, winning three of four from its Central Division rival.

The Blues look to rebound from a 6-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Defenseman Dennis Wideman scored the lone goal for St. Louis, which enters Wednesday's contest with a league-low 20 points this season.

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