National Hockey League

Steen, Blues beat Blackhawks in 3OT

St. Louis, MO ( - Alexander Steen scored the game-winner 26 seconds into triple overtime, as the St. Louis Blues battled back to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Scottrade Center.

St. Louis seemed destined to drop Game 1 as it trailed by a goal late in regulation, but Jaden Schwartz found the equalizer with 1:45 left in the third to force an extra session.

After a pair of entertaining overtimes, Steen ended the longest game in Blues history when he scored from point-blank range off a nice set up from Steve Ott to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven set.

Adam Cracknell and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who dropped their final six regular-season games to fall into second place in the Central Division heading into the postseason.

Ryan Miller allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period but turned aside the final 35 shots he faced to help St. Louis hang on for the victory.

Brent Seabrook notched a goal and an assist, while Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane potted a goal apiece for the Blackhawks, who received 48 saves from Corey Crawford.

Game 2 is slated for Saturday in St. Louis.

04/18 00:54:38 ET

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