Blackhawks Vs. Blues: Chicago Dominates In Power Plays, Wins 5-2

The Chicago Blackhawks (15-8-3) travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues (14-8-3) on Saturday night.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. St. Louis Blues Recap: Power Plays Work In Hawks Favor, Chicago Wins 5-2

Despite facing a goalie in Brian Elliot who had been unstoppable of late, the Chicago Blackhawks (16-8-3, 35 pts) managed to crack the defense of the St. Louis Blues (14-9-3, 31 pts), winning 5-2. The Blackhawks fell down 1-0 early in the first period, but a wild second period pushed them to a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

The Blues, came into the game winning 8 of their last 11 games and had not allowed more than four goals -- in regulation or in shootouts -- since October 18 when they lost to the Los Angeles Kings 5-0. When the Blues went empty net in the waning moments of the third period, however, that streak of defensive prowess came to an end as Michael Frolik popped a shot through several Blues defenders for 5-2 Hawks lead.

All told, Chicago shined in the power plays. In their own three power plays, the Hawks managed to score two goals -- one by Marian Hossa and one by Patrick Sharp. And, in addition to killing each of the Blues four power plays, the Blackhawks were also able to score a shorthanded goal on Marian Hossa's second period, game-tying goal.

The Hawks will be in action again on Monday, December 5, when take on the Phoenix Coyotes.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Blackhawks, be sure to visit Second City Hockey. For more Blues hockey news and information, check out St. Louis Game Time.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. St. Louis Blues Score Update: Marin Hossa Scores Twice, Blackhawks Lead 4-2

The Chicago Blackhawks look for a strong close of the third and final period against the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks fell behind early in the first period, but after a flurry of goals late in the second and early in the third periods, the Hawks have worked a 4-2 lead.

Near the end of the second period, the Blackhawks fell shorthanded after a Jonathan Toews penalty, but despite being shorthanded, Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith managed to break through the Blues defense. Brian Elliot shuffled back-and-forth, trying to make himself wide, but Hossa fired a 24-foot wrister by the goalie, giving the Hawks a 2-2 tied game.

A Patrik Berglund interference penalty, gave the Hawks their first power play with less than 5:00 remaining in the second period. Patrick Sharp took advantage, blasting a 43-foot slapshot for a goal and a 3-2 Blackhawks lead, their first lead of the game.

A slew of late period penalties -- against Berglund, Dave Bolland and David Backes -- suddenly set the Hawks up for a 4-on-3 power play at the start of the third period, which Marian Hossa turned into his 11th goal of the season, a 33-foot slapshot to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead.

The Blackhawks will look for their aggressive offense (31 shots-on-goal compared to the Blues' 20) to bring them their 16th win of the season.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Blackhawks, be sure to visit Second City Hockey. For more Blues hockey news and information, check out St. Louis Game Time.

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