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Instant analysis: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 2

Overturned, upheld goals the difference; Chicago evens series

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Shaw's go-ahead stuff-in PPG

CHI@STL, Gm2: Shaw gives Blackhawks the lead in 3rd

R1, Gm2: Brent Seabrook put the puck on net, and Andrew Shaw jams it into the twine to give the Blackhawks' their first lead late in the 3rd

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ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Scottrade Center on Friday to even the best-of-7 series at one game each.

Andrew Shaw's tiebreaking goal for Chicago at 15:41 of the third period was the first power-play goal allowed by St. Louis after seven consecutive successful kills. The goal came 3:27 after the Blues thought they scored the go-ahead goal, which was overturned after review.

What we learned: Goaltending, goaltending, goaltending. There might not be many goals scored in this series. In fact, Vladimir Tarasenko's goal at 15:20 of the second period was the first scored in regulation in the first two games (St. Louis won Game 1 1-0 in overtime). Though there might have been questions before the series about the goaltending, there aren't any anymore.

What this means for the Blues: Tarasenko woke up. He had one shot on goal in Game 1, and then scored on his second shot in the series. He nearly scored again, at 12:14 of the third period, but the goal was disallowed because Jori Lehtera was ruled offside. For the Blues to win, they need contributions from Tarasenko, who scored 40 goals in the regular season, fourth in the NHL.

Video: CHI@STL, Gm2: Tarasenko scores off feed from Schwartz

What this means for the Blackhawks: They did exactly what they wanted to do. They wanted to go back to Chicago with at least one win, taking home-ice advantage from St. Louis. That was exactly what they did. And, with a team that's won the Stanley Cup three times in the past six seasons, that's not good news for the still-trying-to-get-out-of-the-first-round Blues.

Key moment(s): With 7:46 left in the game, what seemed to be the go-ahead goal by Tarasenko was overturned after a coach's challenge determined Lehtera was offside. Instead of two goals for Tarasenko and a 2-1 lead, the Blues and Blackhawks remained tied. And, with 4:19 left, the Blackhawks turned things around with their own go-ahead goal, which also was challenged but was upheld when it was ruled there was not goaltender interference.

Video: CHI@STL, Gm2: Shaw gives Blackhawks the lead in 3rd

Unsung player of the game: Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith. With 4.4 seconds left in the second period, Keith shot from the point and scored on Brian Elliott, the first time that had happened in the series. The Blues almost got out of the period with a 1-0 lead intact, but couldn't quite close it out after an icing. Jonathan Toews beat Lehtera on the faceoff, which led to the goal for Keith in his first game back after his six-game suspension. Keith had an assist on the empty-net goal at 18:34 and played 30:59.

What's next: More tight hockey. Not a lot of scoring. Game 3 is at United Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET: NBC, SN, TVA Sports), and more than likely it will be decided by a goal, if history is any indication.

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