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Blues score four straight in third to rally past Blackhawks

Faulk goal with 2:26 left caps comeback, sends Chicago to fourth loss in row

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Faulk's go-ahead goal

CHI@STL: Faulk wires sharp wrister past Crawford

Justin Faulk fires a wrist shot from the left circle past Corey Crawford to give the Blues a 4-3 lead in the 3rd period

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues scored the last four goals of the third period and rallied for a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Enterprise Center on Saturday.

Defenseman Justin Faulk scored the winning goal with 2:26 left on a shot from the left face-off circle off a pass from Robert Thomas, who had three assists.

"I was just trying to read their forward and got my head up in time to take a look at [goalie Corey] Crawford to see what I thought I had and got a little help from the post," Faulk said.

 

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It was the second time in Blues history that they came back from down at least three goals in the third period to win a regular-season game (6-5 in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 29, 2000, after trailing 5-0).

"Bit of a roller coaster there," Faulk said. "I think overall, we were playing a pretty good game for the most part. Obviously, we got behind 3-0 and it was good of the boys to just stick with it. Doesn't always happen that way, but we got one and found some energy off it, and we were able to keep going."

Tyler Bozak scored twice, and Jordan Binnington made 19 saves for St. Louis (20-8-6), which has won two games in a row after losing three straight.

Video: CHI@STL: Blues tie it with two goals in :12

Brandon Saad scored twice, Jonathan Toews had two assists, and Corey Crawford made 34 saves for the Blackhawks (12-15-6), who have lost four games in a row (0-3-1).

"It hurts, it [stinks], given the week that we've had so far," Toews said. "But give the guys credit, we flushed everything down the drain and focused tonight. That team comes out hard in their building, we kept them from the score sheet for the first couple periods, found a way to take control of that game, especially in the third. That [stinks] to blow that one with the lead that we had."

Patrick Kane gave Chicago a 3-0 lead at 4:16 of the third, but Bozak, playing his 700th NHL game, scored 24 seconds later off a pass from Thomas to make it 3-1 at 4:40.

Video: CHI@STL: Kane wires home wrist shot from the slot

Bozak scored again off a pass from Thomas at 13:08 to make it 3-2, and Jacob de la Rose scored his first goal with the Blues 12 seconds later to tie it 3-3 at 13:20.

"First, I dumped [the puck] in and it wasn't a very good dump, to be honest with you," de la Rose said. "I should have kept it away from Crawford, but [Ryan O'Reilly] made a good forecheck and he found me in the slot, and I really didn't have time to put it on my forehand, so I shot it with my backhand, and it's a good feeling to see it go in."

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said, "We've got to be better in that situation. I know I'm on there for two (goals-against), the second and third one. That's a huge part of the game, it's a critical part of the game, and I got to be better in those moments."

After being outshot 13-2 in the first period, the Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead 19 seconds into the second when Saad scored from the high slot after Toews won a face-off and passed to him.

Saad scored again off a pass from Toews 30 seconds into the third to make it 2-0.

Video: CHI@STL: Saad nets opening goal from the high slot

"I thought for most of the game we played the type of road game you have to (in order) to survive in a rink like this against a team like that," Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We got a lot of saves, no question. And they carried the play for a lot of the game, but we did little things that helped us to survive. We made enough plays to put ourselves in position to succeed."

 

They said it

"I thought we had a good start to the third, obviously. [Goalie Corey Crawford] was huge for us all night, I thought he really kept us in the game the whole game, and I think we let him down." -- Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook

"We kept pushing and stayed with it. We had a lot of shots tonight and a lot of work and offensive-zone time. It's good to see us hanging out back there ... they really stepped up and were huge in that third period. It's a big win for us." -- Blues goalie Jordan Binnington

 

Need to know

Toews won 17 of 20 face-offs. ... Blues forward Alexander Steen returned after missing 16 games with a high ankle sprain and was plus-3 with one shot on goal in 15:13. ... The Blues had a 25-4 advantage in shot attempts in the first period and 65-40 in the game.

 

What's next

Blackhawks: Host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSCH, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, FS-MW, ALT, NHL.TV)

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