Red Hot Hossa Sparks Comeback
CHICAGO (AP) – Marian Hossa scored a pair of goals 2:31 apart late in the third period to erase an early two-goal deficit, then Patrick Sharp connected at 3:50 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Sharp scored from just to the left of the crease after taking a cross-ice pass from Patrick Kane and whipping a shot past Jaroslav Halak.
Sharp’s fifth goal in three games extended Chicago’s winning streak to three. Hossa spoiled a shutout bid by Halak with 6:48 left in the third when he scored a power-play goal by backhanding in a rebound of Brent Seabrook’s shot.
Hossa tied it at 2 with 4:17 to go when he fired in a loose puck, also on a backhand shot, from a scrum in the crease.
It was his seventh goal in seven games this season.
David Perron scored his first two goals of the season for the Blues, whose losing streak reached three.
Halak, who was acquired from Montreal in a trade in June, got solid defensive support during the first 50 minutes. He stopped 30 shots.
Chicago’s Marty Turco made 32 saves.
The Blackhawks dressed seven defensemen, with 6-foot-7 John Scott moving up to play a handul of shifts on the wing on the fourth line.
Turco faced the tougher chances in a scoreless first, including a point-black pad save on Brad Boyes’ deflection in the final minute.
Perron opened the scoring midway through the second with the only goal of the period. He cut in off right wing and past Seabrook, and then stuffed a backhand shot between Turco’s pads from a sharp angle. With about five minutes left in the second, Turco made a pair of close-saves on Boyes and Patrik Berglund.
Moments later, Halak made a quick pad save on Tomas Kopecky’s drive from the slot. Perron made it 2-0 with his second goal at 9:29 of the third.
After taking a cross-ice pass from T.J. Oshie, Perron connected on a shot from the right circle with David Backes screening Turco.
Notes: St. Louis C Vladimir Sobotka played his first game with the Blues. Sobotka, who had been acquired in a trade from Boston in July, missed the Blues first four games recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Chicago LW Viktor Stalberg and St. Louis D Tyson Strachan were healthy scratches.
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