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Round 1, Gm 3: Blues at Blackhawks

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Elliott comes up big for Blues in Game 3

Goaltender's 44 saves helps St. Louis rally to defeat Chicago, take series lead

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO - Ken Hitchcock was in a joking mood Sunday, and why not. His St. Louis Blues has just defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series to take a 2-1 lead.

The Blues scored two goals in the third period to become the first team to defeat Chicago in regulation, regular season or playoffs, when trailing entering the third period since 2014. But the comeback likely would have never happened if not for the play of St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott, who made 44 saves, including 23 in the second period. 

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Blues rally, don't fold against Blackhawks

Overcome early adversity to get Game 3 win in Chicago and take 2-1 series lead

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues could have retreated, tucked back into themselves. The adversity had seemed to be coming in waves: the two coach's challenge calls on Friday, the 3-2 loss, three nearly consecutive penalties in the first six minutes of Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks, the power-play goal against on the first shot of the game. It would have been easy to fold.

"They score on the power play and that's sub-optimal. Then they get two more calls and by the third one, I think it was looking at each other and saying, 'It's us against the world,'" Blues captain David Backes said.

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Instant analysis: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 3

St. Louis shows maturity, poise in taking 2-1 series lead on Chicago

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com

CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues were not happy with the outcome of Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. They are much happier now, having won Game 3 at United Center on Sunday 3-2. That puts the Blues up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

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Blues score twice in 3rd, top Blackhawks in Game 3

Goals by Berglund, Schwartz lift St. Louis to win at Chicago

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues did something against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday that no one had done in nearly two years.

Patrik Berglund and Jaden Schwartz scored third-period goals, and the Blues came from behind to defeat the Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series. Brian Elliott made 44 saves for the Blues, who lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday in Chicago (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, FS-MW, CSN-CH).

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Five keys for Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 3

Kane's finishing touch, fast start by St. Louis could tilt series

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The one thing that's known about the Western Conference First Round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues: There will be at least a Game 5, after the Blackhawks won Game 2 Friday to tie the series at 1-1.

Here are five keys for Game 3 on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).

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NHL Live Wire: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 2

Sights, sounds from Western Conference First Round series

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NHL LiveWire: Shaw, Reaves mic'd

Andrew Shaw and Ryan Reaves mic'd up in Game 2

Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw and Blues' Ryan Reaves try to lead their teams to victory in Game 2.

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NHL Live Wire put microphones on Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw and St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves on Friday to capture the sounds of Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series in St. Louis.

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Blackhawks, Blues prepare to end stalemate in Game 3

Chicago, St. Louis plan to keep intensity high as series shifts to United Center

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUES at BLACKHAWKS

Western Conference First Round

Best-of-7 series is tied 1-1

TV: 3 p.m. ET, NBC, SN, TVA Sports

This series hit a Stanley Cup Playoff pace and intensity right from the puck drop for Game 1, and both sides feel it could keep getting higher with each game.

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Blackhawks' Shaw thrives in the tough areas

Chicago forward putting in kind of effort team knows it will need to beat St. Louis

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Some are willing to play in the "dirty areas" of the ice because they accept it as part of their role.

Andrew Shaw, a 5-foot-11, 179-pound forward for the Chicago Blackhawks, is a little different. Shaw, 24, practically lives in those areas. He almost relishes the physical play that comes with playing in front of the opponent's net, and it paid off for the Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scottrade Center on Friday.

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Blackhawks aim to stop Tarasenko's goals

Chicago focused on St. Louis scoring heading into Game 3

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- It got lost in the replays and the decisions by officials and the hoopla that followed. It got lost that a few millimeters were all that separated St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko from two goals in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

He had one shot on goal in Game 1, though he had four shot attempts blocked and three more that missed the goal. That, it seemed, wasn't enough, not for a 40-goal scorer who led the Blues offense this season.

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Blues 'in a great spot' going into Game 3

St. Louis recovers after frustrating loss to Blackhawks that tied series

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- If there's one message that resonated with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday after two video review calls didn't go their way in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, it's that they're over it and ready to move on.

After an overturned goal that would have given the Blues a third-period lead, and then one upheld when the Blackhawks took a late lead in an eventual 3-2 win Friday, the Blues said they feel they're equipped to focus on the task at hand with the best-of-7 series tied 1-1.

Game 3 is at United Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

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