3/29/2012 10:23:46 PM
Andrew Brunette and Patrick Sharp scored in the third period for Chicago,
which snapped a two-game winless streak and notched its sixth win in eight
The Blackhawks, who are now one point behind fifth-place Nashville in the
Western Conference standings, could have clinched a playoff berth if Phoenix
lost to San Jose in regulation Thursday, but the Coyotes won 2-0.
Sharp remembers trying to make the postseason last year and the toll it took
on his team.
"It was taxing on a lot of players down the stretch trying to get in (to the
playoffs) and when we did get in we had to ramp it back up," said Sharp.
"Hopefully we can get in."
The point earned in the shootout gives the Blues 106, one more than the New
York Rangers in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
"When we play the right way -- I'm not going to say we dominate every single
team, but we're not going to get outplayed (like we did tonight)," said Blues
forward David Perron, who scored.
Brunette gave Chicago the lead 4:15 into the third period, scoring into an
open net from the slot with a backhander, and Sharp buried Viktor Stalberg's
feed on a 2-on-0 rush at 8:40.
St. Louis responded with goals from Jason Arnott and Perron. Arnott lit the
lamp 55 seconds after Sharp gave the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead. Perron positioned
himself in front of Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford and redirected a Kris
Russell slap shot from just inside the blue line with 1:32 remaining.
The Blues had a 7-2 edge in shots in the extra frame.
After the first six shooters were turned away, Bolland skated down the middle
of the ice and faked a shot before slipping the puck past St. Louis' Jaroslav
Halak. Patrik Berglund then beat Crawford, but his shot rang off the goalpost.
Chicago's Bryan Bickell and St. Louis forward Alexander Steen traded goals
nine seconds part in the first period.
Crawford made 17 saves, while Halak stopped 37 shots...Chicago finished with a
4-2-0 record against St. Louis during the regular season...The Blues suffered
their seventh straight loss in Chicago.