ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marian Hossa’s power-play goal broke a third-period tie and he clinched it with an empty-netter for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Bryan Bickell had a goal and assisted on the go-ahead tally for Chicago, which also got a goal from Marcus Kruger.
Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes had a goal apiece for St. Louis, which never led and has lost two straight since a franchise-record 13-game point streak. They’re 20-5-2 at home.
Standing room attendance of 19,657 was the Blues’ 11th sellout and included thousands of red-clad Blackhawks fans.
Hossa’s 11th and 12th goals were his first points in six games. Jay Bouwmeester was off for hooking when Hossa whistled a one-timer past Brian Elliott at 11:19 for a 3-2 lead.
Tarasenko tied it at 2 on a breakaway early in the second, getting Corey Crawford to commit with a couple of forehand fakes and then slipping the puck into the net for his team-leading 28th goal and fourth in five games.
The Blackhawks briefly regained the lead when Bickell pounced on a rebound in the slot and beat Elliott at 11:25 of the second but the Blues answered 1:28 later when Backes scored his 18th goal on a rebound while Crawford was occupied by a fallen T.J. Oshie in the crease.
Kruger’s fifth goal on a 2-on-1 break opened the scoring at 4:38 of the first. It was his first point in 20 games and first goal in 28 games since Dec. 3 against the Blues at home.
Notes: Daniel Carcillo earned his 100th career assist on Kruger’s goal. … Tarasenko has four goals in five games. … Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has 691 career wins and needs one to tie Dick Irwin for fourth on the career list. … The Blackhawks lead the season series 2-1. … Crawford is 12-2-0-3 against St. Louis.
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