NHL Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis|
(Saturday, April 27th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Chicago 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jaden Schwartz scored twice and the St. Louis
Blues locked up the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 3-1
win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
St. Louis (29-17-2) won its last three games of the season to guarantee home
ice in the first round and the team will play Los Angeles when the playoffs
Chicago (36-7-5) had already wrapped up the Presidents' Trophy and rested many
of its top players in this game. The Blackhawks will begin their quest for the
Stanley Cup against the Minnesota Wild.
Patrik Berglund scored the other goal while Brian Elliott stopped 22 shots for
the Blues, who won their final three games of the season.
"Playing in front of our home crowd is always important," said Elliott.
"The support and the way everything has grown here has been tremendous."
Ben Smith scored the only goal and Carter Hutton, making his NHL debut, turned
away 25-of-28 shots for the Blackhawks, who lost three of their last five
"I thought I settled down and made some big saves," said Hutton. "You know, I
talked to Corey (Crawford) and I thought I was trying to do too much at first
because I was too pumped up."
St. Louis got on the board 4:33 into the game after Andy McDonald's shot from
the left circle was stopped and Berglund banged in the rebound from the right
side for his 17th of the year.
It was 2-0 with 2:36 showing on the clock in the first period as Schwartz put
in a rebound of a David Backes tip.
The Blues made it a 3-0 game 8:39 into the middle stanza on Schwartz's seventh
of the year as he flew down the right wing and dribbled a shot in from down
low between the pads of Hutton.
Chicago made it a 3-1 game off Smith's shot from the left circle at 8:23, but
the team was unable to close the gap any further.
St. Louis went 15-8-1 at home this season ... Chicago finished the season
18-4-2 on the road ... Chicago won three of the five games against St. Louis
this season ... Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.
04/28 01:41:12 ET