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Round 1, Gm 1: Blackhawks at Blues

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Elliott justifies decision to start him in Game 1

Goaltender makes 35 saves in Blues' 1-0 overtime victory

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS - The battle has raged this season: Between Brian Elliott and Jake Allen. Between Brian Elliott and injuries. Between Brian Elliott and expectations.

He had gotten the nod over Allen for Game 1 of the St. Louis Blues' Western Conference series against the Chicago Blackhawks, but it had come with a caveat. As Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had said, "Probably sometime along the line you're going to need both guys, and we feel good about that."

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Blackhawks not worried after OT loss in Game 1

Defending Stanley Cup champs feel they played well, didn't get bounces

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

Toews Game 1 Post

Jonathan Toews Game 1 Postgame

Jonathan Toews on the tough Game 1 loss and the play of Corey Crawford

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ST. LOUIS -- There were a couple of blank stares and a few hushed voices, but nothing out of the ordinary in the Chicago Blackhawks' locker room after a 1-0 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday.

The defending Stanley Cup champions had a few regrets after dropping Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round series, but they're not going to beat themselves up worrying before Game 2 on Friday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, CSN-CH, FS-MW).

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Backes' OT goal lifts Blues in Game 1

Elliott makes 35 saves against Chicago in first playoff start since 2013

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

Backes' overtime-winner

CHI@STL, Gm1: Backes' pass deflects in for OT winner

R1, Gm1: David Backes centers a pass that deflects off Trevor van Riemsdyk's skate and past Corey Crawford, giving the Blues a 1-0 overtime win

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ST. LOUIS -- It wasn't the way David Backes drew it up, but the St. Louis Blues' captain will gladly take it.

Backes scored 9:04 into overtime to give the Blues a 1-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series on Wednesday night at Scottrade Center.

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Instant analysis: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 1

Looks like tight, physical series with more overtimes to come

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues pulled out a 1-0 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Scottrade Center on Wednesday. David Backes scored at 9:04, with the puck going off the skate blade of Chicago defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk past goaltender Corey Crawford.

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Ladd will play for Blackhawks in Game 1 vs. Blues

Forward missed morning skate to be with wife for impending birth of child

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS - Forward Andrew Ladd will play for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday.

Ladd missed the morning skate after traveling back to Chicago to be with his wife for the possible birth of their third child. Ladd, who plays left wing on the top line, flew back to St. Louis and arrived in time to play. According to the Blackhawks, the baby was not delivered Wednesday.

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Five keys for Blackhawks vs. Blues Game 1

St. Louis has chance to take advantage of Chicago defense missing Duncan Keith

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks begin their Western Conference First Round Series on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN360, CSN-CH, FS-MW). Here are five keys for Game 1:

1. Can the Blues take advantage?

It would appear that everything is set up for a Blues win in Game 1. The Blackhawks are without defenseman Duncan Keith, who is serving the final game of his six-game suspension. They might be without forward Andrew Ladd, who is a game-time decision after returning to Chicago to be with his wife for the birth of their child. And goaltender Corey Crawford looked rusty against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the final game of the regular season Saturday, his first game after missing 11 because of an upper-body injury (More on that point later).

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Blackhawks' Ladd to be game-time decision

Chicago forward returned home to be with wife for impending birth of their child

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of a Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN360, FS-MW, CSN-CH).

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Ladd returned to Chicago to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

Ladd had eight goals in 12 points with the Blackhawks after being acquired in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 25.

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Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks-Blues

NHL Network analyst shares thoughts on first-round series

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes also will be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

It's the best time of the year. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are back! It's the best two months in sports and it all starts Wednesday with three games.

Of the three series beginning, the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN360, FS-MW, CSN-CH) is the most intriguing to me. The Central Division rivals played five times this season, with the Blues winning three games. The Blues came back from down 5-2 in the first period to win 6-5 in overtime Nov. 4 at United Center, won 3-2 in a shootout March 9 at Scottrade Center, and won 2-1 in overtime at United Center on April 7 when Vladimir Tarasenko scored with 1:16 left in the third period to tie the game and then won it with a goal in overtime.

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The Climb

Blackhawks look to start climb toward repeat

Blues' Tarasenko, Elliott represent Chicago's first obstacles

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Sixteen teams have made it through the regular season and earned a chance to play for the Stanley Cup. One of them is trying to do something that hasn't been done in 18 years.

The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to become the first team in the 21st century to win the Cup in back-to-back years. The last team to win consecutive championships was the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

This is the Blackhawks' third try in the past six seasons at winning two in a row. They were eliminated in the first round in 2011, one year after ending a 49-year Cup drought, and lost to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final in 2014, one year after defeating the Boston Bruins for the Cup.

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Blackhawks' Ladd uncertain for Game 1

Chicago forward with wife for birth of child; St. Louis forward Backes expected to play

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 1: BLACKHAWKS at BLUES

Western Conference First Round

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports, CSN-CH, FS-MW

CHICAGO -- Andrew Ladd will be a game-time decision for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday.

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