PLAYER OF THE GAME: Dominik Kubalik picked up right where he left off in his Calder Trophy finalist campaign, scoring twice while adding an assist and a team-high four shots in the exhibition win.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Blackhawks power play scored twice on the night, a feat accomplished just three times during the regular season, including a trio of man-advantage goals against the Blues on Feb. 25 and a pair in the final game of the season against San Jose on March 11.
UP NEXT: Chicago opens their best-of-five Qualifying Round series against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT.
Both teams played a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Chicago outscoring St. Louis 7-5 in a slow start to the first competitive action in 20 weeks.
Rookie goal scoring leader Kubalik had perhaps the period's best look on the power play, nearly converting a cross-ice one-timer from Jonathan Toews that Jordan Binnington was able to turn aside with the shoulder.
The top line got the scoring started at 7:40 of the second period. Following a period of sustained offensive zone time, Kubalik cycled the puck back behind the net for Toews, who walked out the far side and found Brandon Saad making a drive to the near post for a 1-0 lead.
On the very next shift, the second line got in on the action as Strome and Patrick Kane dually worked to win a puck back in the offensive zone. Kane picked up the stripped puck and quickly found Strome making his way into the slot for the quick back-door tally and a 2-0 lead at 9:12 of the middle frame.
On an abbreviated second opportunity of the night, the Blackahwks power play converted to make it 3-0 at 5:04 of the third period. Once again, it was quick puck movement to create the scoring chance as Kane on the far wall found Kirby Dach on the goal line for a one-touch pass into the slot, where Kubalik one-timed a shot past Jake Allen for the tally on the advantage.
Kubalik scored again seven minutes later on another man advantage when the puck found him in the slot and the rookie fired a hard wrister the sliped under the arm of Allen for a 4-0 lead and the eventual final score.