Vladimir Sabotka gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead over Chicago about eight minutes into the opening period, and Ken Hitchcock's first game as the head coach of the Blues is off to a solid start. Hitchcock has had quite a day already.
Both teams put eight shots on goal and they're even in the hits department as well, while Chicago has a slim lead in the faceoff circle (9-8). The Blackhawks came in hoping to put Sunday's ugly 6-2 loss to Vancouver behind them and strengthen their control of the Central Division.
Prior to the start of the game, St. Louis honored Pavel Demitra and Igor Korolev, two Blues alums who were killed in the Lokomotiv plane crash.
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