After two home wins against Columbus and Colorado, the St. Louis Blues hosted the Chicago Blackhawks before heading on a two-game road trip.
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Both teams suffered penalties in the first period, but neither capitalized on their power plays. The Blues outshot the Blackhawks 8-to-6 after twenty minutes of play.
Marian Hossa hopped on a rebound to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Hossa’s seventh of the year was the lone goal of the first two periods.
The Blues peppered Corey Crawford throughout the third period, but struggled to register.
Scottie Upshall and Artemi Panarin dropped their gloves with 5:53 left in regulation. After the tussle, Blues fans rallied their team and—perhaps—gave them a boost of energy.
In a late effort to tie the game, Vladimir Tarasenko passed the puck to Jaden Schwartz, but it slid through his skates. Alex Pietrangelo recovered possession with a one-time slapshot. After bouncing off one of Crawford’s pad, the puck trickled past the goal line to make it 1-1 with 2:11 left in regulation.
Shortly after Pietrangelo’s goal, the Blues suffered a minor penalty for delaying the game. The penalty kill leaked into overtime—both teams earned at least one point.
Despite their regulation survival, the Blues couldn’t prevail in the fourth period. Artemi Panarin pumped the puck past Jake Allen just 0:25 seconds into overtime, sending Blues fans home with heavy sighs and moans.
While goals were scarce, the game consisted of exciting power plays and familiar physicality.
Chicago improved their record to 10-3-1 and extended their winning streak to seven games. The Blues will head to Nashville with a 7-4-3 record. They’ll face the Predators tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.