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Blues 4, Blackhawks 3, OT

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:24 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 4, Blackhawks 3, OT
St. Louis Blues 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO (AP) -Andy McDonald helped the St. Louis Blues end a draining road trip on an up note.

McDonald scored his second goal on a power play 2:15 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, ending their trip 1-3-1.

"That was an intense hockey game," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "I'm exhausted. I don't think there's game in this five-game trip we haven't battled. We were rewarded tonight because we stuck with it."

With Chicago's Dave Bolland off for hooking, McDonald fired the winner past Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on a low shot from the right circle.

McDonald, David Perron and Cam Paddock scored in the first period for the Blues, who ended a six-game winless slide (0-5-1). St. Louis's last victory was on Oct. 25 versus Florida.

"The last road trip I thought we played pretty well and didn't get the results," McDonald said. "The guys were pretty emotional."

Bolland scored his first two goals of the season and assisted on Dustin Byfuglien's score. Bolland's second goal, early in the third period, tied the game at 3.

The Blackhawks have not lost in regulation in six games (4-0-2) and remained unbeaten in regulation at home this season (6-0-4). The Blues' Manny Legace stopped 32 shots. Chicago's Khabibulin blocked 26.

The Blues pounced on the Blackhawks' early mistakes and sluggishness to open a 3-1 lead after the first period.

"We started a little slow tonight and dug ourselves a hole," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "We can't blame anyone but ourselves for our slow start and the penalties we took."

McDonald's short-handed goal opened the scoring 3:49 in. He fired a shot from the right circle over Khabibulin's shoulder and into the top left corner of the net.

Perron made it 2-0 2:30 later when his shot from the left circle slid between Khabibulin's pads.

Byfuglien cut it to 2-1 at 7:09. He completed a 2-on-1 break with Andrew Ladd by taking Ladd's cross-ice pass and one-timing it inside the right post.

Following a Blackhawks' turnover at their blue line, Paddock made it 3-1 at 10:24 by banging in a second rebound past Khabibulin. Paddock had been recalled from Peoria of the AHL on Thursday and was making his NHL debut.

Bolland's scored the lone goal of the second on a short-handed breakaway at 6:05 to cut it to 3-2. Kris Versteeg chipped the puck up to Bolland, who skated in and tucked the puck between Legace's outstretched right pad and the left post.

Bolland scored his second goal of the season, on a one-timer from the right circle, at 2:41 of the third to tie it at 3.

With just under two minutes left, Legace made a close-in save on Patrick Sharp during a Chicago power play.

Notes: St. Louis LW Paul Kariya missed his fourth game with an injured foot. Blues RW Dan Hinote sat out his first with a lower-body injury. ... Chicago D Brent Sopel returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. ... Blues D Jeff Woywitka skated against Chicago after being recalled from Peoria of the AHL on Friday. ... The crowd of 22,260 was Chicago's tenth sellout in 10 home games.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:49
STL
SHG - Andy McDonald (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Lee Stempniak (7)
1 - 0 STL
06:19
STL
David Perron (2) Snap shot - ASST: Lee Stempniak (8), Eric Brewer (1)
2 - 0 STL
07:09
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien (2) Tip-in - ASST: Andrew Ladd (3), Dave Bolland (7)
2 - 1 STL
10:24
STL
Cam Paddock (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay McClement (4)
3 - 1 STL
2nd Period
06:05
CHI
SHG - Dave Bolland (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kris Versteeg (10)
3 - 2 STL
3rd Period
02:41
CHI
Dave Bolland (2) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew Ladd (4)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:15
STL
PPG - Andy McDonald (6) Slapshot - ASST: Lee Stempniak (9), Brad Boyes (7)
4 - 3 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:56
STL
Steve Wagner  Slashing against  Adam Burish
07:42
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Roughing against  David Backes
10:45
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Fighting (maj) against  Jeff Woywitka
10:45
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Fighting (maj) against  Brent Seabrook
11:07
STL
David Backes  Game misconduct
11:07
STL
David Backes  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Barker
11:07
CHI
Cam Barker  Fighting (maj) against  David Backes
11:18
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Fighting (maj) against  Dustin Byfuglien
11:18
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Tkachuk
11:18
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Cross checking against  Dustin Byfuglien
14:36
CHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Cam Janssen
14:36
STL
Cam Janssen  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
17:31
STL
David Perron  Hooking against  Brian Campbell
2nd Period
04:26
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Interference against  Brad Boyes
09:38
STL
Jay McKee  Holding against  Colin Fraser
11:34
STL
Jeff Woywitka  Cross checking against  Cam Barker
12:28
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Tripping against  Eric Brewer
17:40
CHI
Brent Sopel  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
3rd Period
11:44
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Interference against  Keith Tkachuk
17:14
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Hi-sticking against  Brent Seabrook
OT Period
01:07
CHI
Dave Bolland  Hooking against  Andy McDonald
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 35TOI: 61:45
Saves: 32EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .914SH: 1 - 2
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 30TOI: 62:15
Saves: 26EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 1