Chicago Blackhawks Fall 3-2 After Steen’s Late Breakaway Goal

Oct 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeat the Blackhawks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Steen scored on a 3-on-1 breakaway with 21 seconds left in the third period gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the Scottrade Center.

It was the first of five meetings between the two favorites in the Central Division. In recent seasons the intensity level during the games has been high and was on displayed in Wednesday’s nights action too.

Vladimir Tarasenko (2G, 1A) opened the scoring with a wrister from the right circle that beat Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

Hawks winger Patrick Kane (3G, 1A) tied it 1:17 later when he chipped in a loose puck near the left post during a Hawks power play. Patrick Sharp (0G, 2A) and Jonathan Toews (1G, 1A) were credited with the assists.

In the second, David Backes (2G, 1A) tipped Alex Pietrangelo‘s (0G, 1A) shot from the point to give the Blues a 2-1 lead before Hawks captain Toews scored a power play goal 39 seconds later to tie it 2-2.

Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith (0G, 1A) had two chances in the third to put the Hawks up but saw one go wide of the net and the other stopped by Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

Steen’s game-winner was his third goal of the season.

Crawford stopped 31 Blues’ shots in the Hawks’ first regulation loss of the season while Halak made 26 saves.

The Hawks return to the United Center to face-off against the New York Islanders on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (NHLN-US, CSN-CH/WGN 720).

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Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, NHL, Patrick Kane

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