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Blues top Blackhawks 4-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Blues top Blackhawks 4-2
Chicago Blackhawks 2, St. Louis Blues 4

This time, the St. Louis Blues finished the job.

Four nights after blowing a 2-0 lead with less than seven minutes left and losing in overtime at Chicago, the Blues got even against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Roman Polak's goal broke a third-period tie and Patrik Berglund added a late goal for a 4-2 victory on Friday night.

David Perron scored twice, T.J. Oshie had two assists and Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots as the Blues avenged perhaps their most painful loss of the season.

"That's always been a question with us is closing out teams, closing out games," Oshie said. "That killer instinct that I think we have here at home definitely needs to come on the road with us. It's huge. The great teams put away teams in the third period. We've been seeing that lately at home.

Patrik Sharp and Brent Seabrook scored for the Blackhawks. Marty Turco stopped 24 shots in the loss, which snapped Chicago's winning streak at four.

"We were a little sloppy," said defenseman Duncan Keith, who led Chicago with 26:49 of ice time. "I just think we could have played better in a lot of different areas."

Polak's harmless-looking shot from the right circle with 8:59 left in regulation found its way past Turco with some help from a screen by the Blues' David Backes.

"Just put it on the net," Polak said. "It was a tough puck. It was sticking on the boards so I just wanted to put it on the net. I had my head down and just put it through Turco's pads."

Perron gave the Blues the lead 6:31 into the game, finishing off a feed by Oshie after Keith gave way the puck behind his own goal. Sharp tied it at 10:13 with a one-timer from the high slot 13 seconds into a Chicago power play.

"It was a great play all around," said Sharp, who has 23 career points against the Blues. "I think everyone touched the puck. ... We know how important special teams are."

Perron, scored his second of the game 6:12 into the second period, backhanding another pass from Oshie past Turco.

"Sometimes you have to work a little bit harder to get into better positions," Perron said. "I thought I did that tonight. ... Sometimes, you just get the right bounces and I did that on the two goals tonight."

Blues coach Davis Payne was impressed with Perron's play.

"He was good tonight. He was very good tonight," Payne said. "It was a statement by him ... We had a conversation this afternoon about what he had accomplished during training camp. Let's not let five games or a two-goal game in Chicago (Monday) cloud the picture.

"He was a difference-maker all 200 feet of the ice and a lot of different situations. He had real good intent to his game."

Chicago made it 2-2 when Seabrook's point shot caromed off Oshie's stick and hopped over Halak at 9:35, just as a penalty to Blues defenseman Erik Johnson expired.

But the Hawks didn't have a third comeback in them.

"We've got to play Chicago Blackhawk hockey from the start and when we don't do that, that's when we give up the lead right away," forward Jack Skille said. "We were playing from behind so we were still pretty positive in here. Nobody got down."

Berglund iced the game by scoring a power-play goal with 1:03 to play.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:31
STL
David Perron (3) ASST: T.J. Oshie (5)
1 - 0 STL
10:26
CHI
PPG - Patrick Sharp (7) ASST: Duncan Keith (3), Jonathan Toews (4)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:12
STL
David Perron (4) ASST: T.J. Oshie (6), Carlo Colaiacovo (4)
2 - 1 STL
09:35
CHI
Brent Seabrook (2) ASST: Troy Brouwer (5), Bryan Bickell (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
11:01
STL
Roman Polak (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 STL
18:57
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (3) ASST: Andy McDonald (2), Erik Johnson (2)
4 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:58
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Jake Dowell
02:58
CHI
Jake Dowell  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
10:13
STL
Jay McClement  Slashing against  Troy Brouwer
2nd Period
04:01
CHI
Jack Skille  Tripping against  Carlo Colaiacovo
07:35
STL
Erik Johnson  Interference against  Bryan Bickell
13:41
CHI
John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Winchester
13:41
STL
Brad Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
3rd Period
11:20
STL
Roman Polak  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
11:20
STL
Roman Polak  Roughing against  Tomas Kopecky
11:20
CHI
Tomas Kopecky  Slashing against  Roman Polak
18:07
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Delay of game
19:45
CHI
Marian Hossa  Tripping against  David Backes
goalie stats
Marty Turco
SA: 28TOI: 59:59
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0