Blues beat Blackhawks 3-1 for fourth straight
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ty Conklin shut down a team that burned him for seven goals last month, stopping 25 shots in the St. Louis Blues’ 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Boyes and Brad Winchester scored for the Blues, who dominated much of the way to win their fourth in a row and end the Blackhawks’ four-game winning streak. Matt D’Agostini had two assists for the Blues, who pelted Marty Turco with 43 shots to make things a bit easier on their backup goalie.
Conklin surrendered seven goals on 24 shots in a loss at Chicago on Nov. 30, but he’s 3-0 at home this season.
Just as Chicago got Patrick Kane back in the lineup after he missed eight games because of an ankle injury, the Blackhawks lost another key player.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago’s second-leading scorer with 33 points, was injured on a check in the first period and didn’t return. Teammate Tomas Kopecky was struck in the face by an errant puck despite wearing a visor but didn’t leave the bench.
Boyes deflected a shot from the point by Erik Johnson for the go-ahead goal at 3:08 of the third. Turco reached back to snare the puck in mid-air on Winchester’s shot off a rebound with 5:50 to go, and replays confirmed it crossed the goal line to put the Blues up 3-1.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville blistered players after calling timeout following Sobotka’s unassisted goal that tied it at 1 at 4:39 of the second. The Blues had a 25-8 shots advantage after Sobotka grabbed a loose puck along the side boards and scored with a high drive.
The Blackhawks were outshot 18-7 in the first period but got the lone goal on Jake Dowell’s fifth of the season and first in 14 games. Viktor Stalberg set up the goal, stealing the puck from Alex Steen near the blue line.
NOTES: The Blues were short-handed for the first time in two games when enforcer Cam Janssen was whistled for roughing at 14:10 of the first. In a 2-0 win at Nashville on Sunday, the Blues were penalty-free for the first time since 2004. … Sobotka has points in four straight games, with two goals and three assists.
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