Blues Fight Off Blackhawks 4-3 In Feisty Divisional Match up

The St. Louis Blues edged out the Chicago Blackhawks in a fiercely contested game, securing a 4-3 victory. Both teams showcased their offensive and defensive prowess in a matchup full of excitement, hard hits, and high-intensity action.

In the first period, the Blackhawks opened the scoring at 13:17 with Kevin Lavallee finding the net, assisted by Ed Kastelic. The Blues responded at 19:03 when Garth Butcher scored with assists from Mikko Makela and Rick Tocchet. Penalties in this period included an elbowing minor and misconduct by Kastelic of Chicago at 01:48, a cross-checking minor by Petit of St. Louis at 04:31, a roughing minor by Haanpaa of Chicago at 04:58, and a cross-checking minor by Butcher of St. Louis at 13:36.

The second period saw the Blackhawks' Ulf Dahlen net a power-play goal at 02:26, assisted by Bill Guerin and Ric Nattress. The Blues quickly answered back with Brent Hughes scoring at 05:58, assisted by Joe Juneau, and then Paul Broten adding a shorthanded goal at 08:44, with assists from Bruce Bell and Bryan McCabe. This period was marked by numerous penalties, including a cross-checking minor by Bell of St. Louis at 00:31, goalie interference by Makela of St. Louis at 01:26, boarding by Hammond of Chicago at 03:42, and fighting penalties to Haanpaa of Chicago and Petit of St. Louis at 04:12. Additional infractions included hooking by McCabe of St. Louis at 08:21, elbowing by DeGray of St. Louis at 09:37, unsportsmanlike conduct by King of Chicago at 10:46, hooking by Nattress of Chicago and roughing by Butcher of St. Louis at 12:13, and unsportsmanlike conduct by Sacco of Chicago at 15:39.

In the third period, the Blues' Rob DiMaio scored a power-play goal at 10:24, assisted by Nevin Markwart and Paul Broten. The Blackhawks' Ken Hammond responded with a goal at 18:38, assisted by Ari Haanpaa and Ian Moran. Penalties in this period included fighting majors to King of Chicago and Tocchet of St. Louis at 02:30, elbowing minor and misconduct by Klee of Chicago at 07:48, and goalie interference by Sweeney of Chicago at 08:49.

Nikolai Khabibulin of the Blackhawks made 26 saves on 30 shots, ending the game with a record of 14-23-1, while Andy Moog of the Blues saved 16 out of 19 shots, improving his record to 19-16-2. The Blackhawks converted 1 of their 6 power plays, and the Blues converted 1 of their 7.

The game stars were awarded to Paul Broten of the Blues for his shorthanded goal and assist, Rob DiMaio of the Blues for his power-play goal, and Ken Hammond of the Blackhawks for his late goal.

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