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Round 1, Gm 7: Blackhawks at Blues

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Five reasons the Blackhawks were eliminated

Toews, Kane combine for one goal; Chicago lacked discipline

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

The warning signs were noticeable all season.

The Chicago Blackhawks stayed among the NHL elite by finishing with 103 points during the regular season but couldn't patch all the holes left behind from a tumultuous offseason roster shakeup. In the end, that's ultimately what led to the defending Stanley Cup champions' repeat bid ending in the Western Conference First Round.

Compared to the past few seasons, the Blackhawks had the puck a lot less this season, gave up more scoring chances because of it and learned to win by strategic counterattacks. It put a lot of pressure on goalie Corey Crawford, but he was up to the task until a late-season upper-body injury kept him out almost a month.

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NHL will have new champion in 2016

Stanley Cup winner won't be Kings or Blackhawks for first time since 2011

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There will be a new champion in the NHL this season, and for the first time since 2011, it won't be the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings.

The St. Louis Blues defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series on Monday.

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Blues out for much more than first-round win

Captain Backes says series victory against Blackhawks 'big check mark on to-do list'

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- As the St. Louis Blues went through the procession of handshakes signaling the end of their grueling Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, they finally got a taste of what it felt like to be on the other side of it.

The past four seasons, the Blues felt the agony of defeat after tough and rugged Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings (2012, 2013), the Blackhawks (2014) and the Minnesota Wild (2015). St. Louis had one playoff series win under coach Ken Hitchcock coming into the 2015-16 season; they defeated the San Jose Sharks in five games in the first round in 2012.

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Brouwer boosts Blues by Blackhawks

Forward scores with 11:29 remaining in Game 7, lifts St. Louis into second round

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The play started just past the blue line, with Erik Gustafsson upended by Robby Fabbri. It progressed from there: a puck lost, a puck gained, a puck sent into the offensive zone, to Paul Stastny, to Fabbri, to Troy Brouwer, off the right post, whiffed at, and somehow found and buried.

They didn't know, then, that the awkward, ankle-breaking, off-balance shot would be the difference. There was 11:29 remaining in the third period of a Western Conference First Round series that had turned on a hair, and in which the Chicago Blackhawks had repeatedly refused to fall.

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Blackhawks disappointed title defense ends early

Roster turnover, lack of production from top players were key factors in series loss to Blues

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Duncan Keith stuffed his shin pads into his hockey bag, pulled on a shirt and found his Chicago Blackhawks' cap.

Standing in front of his stall in the visiting locker room at Scottrade Center on Monday, the two-time Norris Trophy winner did his best to sum up a feeling the Blackhawks haven't had since 2012, when they exited the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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Instant analysis: Blues vs. Blackhawks, Game 7

Brouwer scores series-winning goal in third period; St. Louis advances, plays Dallas in second round

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- On the strength of a third-period goal by Troy Brouwer, after he hit the post first, the St. Louis Blues are moving on from their Western Conference First Round matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks. 

The Blues defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 7 at Scottrade Center on Monday to win the series 4-3 and end the season for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Blues defeat Blackhawks in Game 7

Brouwer scores winner, St. Louis advances to face Dallas in second round

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Troy Brouwer bit the hand that once fed him, and it helped the St. Louis Blues eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks from the playoffs.

Brouwer scored at 8:31 of the third period to lift the Blues to a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series at Scottrade Center on Monday.

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Blues' Lehtera scores minute into Game 7

St. Louis takes early lead against Chicago

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Lehtera opens the scoring

CHI@STL, Gm7: Lehtera beats Crawford with deflection

R1, Gm7: Jori Lehtera deflects a Jay Bouwmeester shot past Corey Crawford for his first career playoff goal, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead

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St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera scored 1:00 into the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series at Scottrade Center on Monday.

Lehtera deflected a slap shot from defenseman Jay Bouwmeester past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

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Five keys for Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 7

St. Louis must battle history, resilient opponent to advance to second round

by Amalie Benjamin @amaliebenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Here it is, the first Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs: the Chicago Blackhawks against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Monday. The Blackhawks have been able to stave off elimination for two consecutive games, coming back to tie the series at 3-3 after being down 3-1. 

Here are five keys for Game 7:

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Blues, Blackhawks set for another Game 7

St. Louis, Chicago to play in first series finale since 1990

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Though they entered the NHL four decades after the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues have played more Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series at Scottrade Center on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-CH) is the 14th for the Blackhawks and 15th for the Blues, who entered the League in 1967. It's the second time they've played each other in a Game 7; the other came in 1990, when the Blackhawks won at Chicago Stadium.  

Here's a game-by-game look at how each team has fared in Game 7:

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