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RECAP: Blackhawks Power Play Shows Up in Losing Effort at St. Louis

The Blues spoil Duncan Keith's 100th goal evening in a massive offensive showdown.
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With twenty games remaining on the schedule for the Blackhawks and currently sitting eight points out of the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference, before tonight's game against the Blues, it's obvious that every game is critical. In reality they should have kicked into high gear over a week ago but the path ahead is simple and from now on, every game is a must-win.

After making his debut on Sunday against Dallas, Lucas Carlsson was sent back down to Rockford and the Hawks called up Nick Seeler in his place. This is the first game the Hawks have played since yesterday's trade deadline as well as the departure of Robin Lehner and Erik Gustafsson.

This game against the division rival St. Louis Blues started ugly for the Hawks. Eleven seconds into the game, Connor Murphy was called for tripping Oskar Sundqvist sending the Blues to a very early power-play. It only took another 22 seconds for the Blues' Brayden Schenn to score on the man-advantage.

Another sloppy play occurred at 3:25 into the game when Matthew Highmore slashed Tyler Bozak yielding another Blues power-play. The Hawks were able to kill the advantage and the score remains 1-0.

With just over nine minutes to play in the opening period, Brandon Saad took a high-stick to the face from Marco Scandella sending the Hawks to their first power-play of the night. Mere seconds into the power-play, Duncan Keith scored his 100th career goal! We have a tie-game.

Then a few minutes later, Jonathan Toews fought for a winning face-off and sent it back to the blue-line where Connor Murphy took a hard slap-shot through a ton of traffic and scored his fifth goal of the season! The Hawks now lead 2-1.

Several scoring chances passed by for both teams and then with only 0:31 left in the period, the Hawks were granted a power-play due to a Jordan Kyrou mistake. They failed to score and will open the second frame with just under 1:30 of power-play time. The Blues out-shoot the Hawks 13-10 but the score remains 2-1 in favor of Chicago.

The second period opened up with a ferocious power-play. The Hawks had many solid passes and scoring chances until finally Patrick Kane buried his 28th of the season past Jordan Binnington!

The Hawks held onto this 3-1 lead for several minutes until the 12:22 mark when the Blues went on a massive offensive surge and a Robert Thomas sniper-shot cut the lead to one goal.

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Very exciting chances happened on both sides and with just under three minutes to go in the period, Slater Koekkoek made a big mistake throwing the puck straight into the crowd. A Blues power-play was the result.

The Hawks did a fantastic job on the penalty-kill by not allowing St. Louis to even get a shot off. This exciting second period would end with the score remaining 3-2 in favor of the Hawks.

The third period started with some excitement when Ryan O'Reilly scored but was immediately waved off due to a hand-deflection. About a minute later, O'Reilly was found on a slick pass for a breakaway and lifted the puck right over Corey Crawford. The game is now tied at three and Crawford definitely wants this one back.

Less than a minute later, Zach Sanford regained the lead for the Blues, scoring his 14th goal of the year. This is most definitely another one that Crawford wants back.

Then an exciting minute later, Matthew Highmore found a rebound that came off a Duncan Keith slap-shot and scored to tie the game at four goals apiece!

At 6:19 into the final period, Colton Parayko was penalized for holding Ryan Carpenter giving the Hawks a power-play. The Hawks took almost the full two minute man-advantage but Brandon Saad caught a pass from Dylan Strome who was behind the net and buried it to retake the lead. The Hawks now lead 5-4.

The lead did not last long at all. Justin Faulk took a hard shot from the blue line and scored to tie the game.

With about 8:20 left in regulation, Kirby Dach was sent to the penalty-box for hooking. The Blues had several really high scoring chances and goaltender Corey Crawford made a couple really impressive saves. Right as the penalty by was about to expire, Zach Sanford scored his second of the night off a dirty rebound play.

With under three minutes left in regulation, Adam Boqvist was taken down by Oskar Sundqvist sending the Blackhawks to yet another power-play. At this point in the game, they've scored three goals on the man-advantage and desperately need this one too.

Halfway through this power-play, head coach Jeremy Colliton pulled Crawford for an extra attacker. The power-play ended after a few quality chances and the Hawks were trying desperately to tie the game with an extra attacker. They could not maintain control of the puck while entering the offensive zone and the clock struck 0:00.

The Hawks lose a very intense game against the Blues by a final score of 6-5. The Blues out-shoot the Hawks 37-30 and Corey Crawford ends the night with an .838 save percentage. They have 19 games remaining and play again on Thursday against a very dangerous Tampa Bay Lightning squad.