Chicago Blackhawks Vs. St. Louis Blues: Hawks Win Presidents Day Matinee

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Toews, Kane, Stalberg, Bolland All Score In Second Period, Blackhawks Win 5-3

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Jonathan Toews capped a four-goal second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-3, Monday at Scottrade Center.

Corey Crawford made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who were coming off a shootout win at home against Pittsburgh on Sunday. They have won three of four overall.

With the victory, Chicago created a five-team logjam between the seventh and 11th spots in the Western Conference standings. St. Louis has 63 points, five fewer than the Blackhawks.

Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes had given the Blues a 2-0 lead in the opening frame, while Alex Pietrangelo drew St. Louis within a goal in the third period.

Ben Bishop, making his first start of the season for the Blues, was pulled in the second after allowing four goals on 18 shots. Ty Conklin stopped seven shots in relief.


Chicago Blackhawks Vs. St. Louis Blues: Presidents Day Matinee

The Blackhawks play their second afternoon game in a row -- highly unusual in the NHL -- due to today's Presidents Day holiday. The quick trip to St. Louis will be followed by a well-deserved two days off, as they won't play again until Thursday.

This is also an important game, as the Hawks lead the Blues by only three points, and even with their shootout win over the Penguins yesterday, they still need all the wins they can get. The bunchup in the Western Conference shows no signs of abating. Only nine points separate 13th place from fourth, and if the Blues win today, they close that gap to seven (and only one behind the Blackhawks).

Coach Joel Quenneville, released from the hospital Saturday afternoon, will miss yet another game recovering from bleeding ulcers. There's still no word on when he'll return; Thursday's game is another road contest in Nashville. It seems likely that Corey Crawford will again get the start in goal, but nothing official has been announced.

The game begins at 1 p.m. CST and will be televised on WGN (Chicago only).

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