Blues Fall to Hawks in Shootout

CHICAGO — Jaroslav Halak stopped 43 of 46 shots, but Corey Crawford stopped all three shootout attempts against to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Blues Tuesday night.

Andrew Brunette netted the first Hawks’ goal after a Marian Hossa pass found him alone in the slot. Jamie Langenbrunner responded within a minute, tying the game with a slap shot past Emery from just inside the Hawks’ goal line. Andy McDonald scored the Blues’ second goal, after a brilliant backhand pass found him in the slot with a wide open net. McDonald also assisted on the third Blues’ goal, when he passed the puck across the offensive zone to Barret Jackman. From the left point, Jackman’s flung a wrist shot. Patrik Berglund deflected the shot on top of Emery’s crease, sending the Blues to the first intermission up by three.

Chicago switched goaltenders to start the second, removing Emery in favor of Crawford. The Hawks pulled within one at 14:13 of the second, when a shot deflected off Viktor Stalberg in front of the net and squeaked under Halak.

The Hawks tied the game in the third on the powerplay, when a Brent Seabrook shot was rifled past Halak.  Before allowing Seabrook’s goal, the Blues had killed 51 straight penalties, pulling within two of the 99-00 Washington Capitals’ record of 53 straight kills.

The rivals were tied after sixty minutes, forcing overtime and, eventually, a shootout. Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks on their first attempt. Though Halak stopped Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland, the Blues’ shooters (McDonald, David Perron, TJ Oshie), failed to score.

Jaden Schwartz, the Blues’ #14 pick overall in 2010, signed with the club this week.  He will debut Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes or Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, to be determined by Coach Hitchcock.  He met the team in Chicago Tuesday.

The Blues lead the Western Conference with 98 points. The team’s next game is against Carolina Thursday night. The game starts at 6 PM C.S.T. and will air on Fox Sports Midwest.

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