St. Louis
Blues
21-46-15
Chicago
Blackhawks
26-43-13

33 SOG
21 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
STL
CHI
game recap

Blackhawks 5, Blues 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:21 AM

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks made their chances count against a pair of St. Louis Blues goalies.

Mark Bell, Martin Lapointe and Andy Hilbert each had a goal and an assist, and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 32 shots to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-1 win Friday night.

Jim Dowd added a goal, and Pavel Vorobiev scored into an empty net with 1:37 left.

St. Louis had a 23-9 shots advantage after two periods, but trailed 3-1.

``Obviously, we didn't generate as many shots as we wanted to in the first couple of periods,'' said Bell, who scored his team-leading 13th goal. ``But Khabby (Khabibulin) won the game for us.

``He was great in the first two periods and he made some key saves in the third period, and we got some timely goals.''

Among Khabibulin's saves was a blocker deflection of Doug Weight's penalty shot at 8:22 of the second period. Weight was awarded the attempt after Chicago's Kyle Calder covered the puck, then threw it from a pile-up in the Blackhawks crease.

``I was trying to remember what he (Weight) likes to do, but then I couldn't remember anything,'' Khabibulin said. ``So I just tried to be patient and tried to make him make the first move.''

Khabibulin stopped Weight with Chicago leading 2-0. The Blues forward said he did everything according to plan, except score.

``I was wondering what I hit, because I know I got it over the pad,'' Weight said. ``I shot it where I wanted it, went in at the right speed and he made a good save.''

Dean McAmmond scored for the Blues, who have won just one of their last five games and two of nine.

St. Louis forward Keith Tkachuk left the game after skating two shifts in the second period. He broke knuckles on his right hand when struck with a puck, apparently shot by Chicago's Jim Vandermeer.

St. Louis coach Mike Kitchen said Tkachuk would probably be out four-to-six weeks. He missed 15 games earlier this season with non-displaced cracked ribs and now becomes a question mark to be picked Monday for the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

Tkachuk's five-game goal streak and seven-game point run were snapped. He had eight goals and seven assists in seven games before Friday.

St. Louis starting goalie Curtis Sanford left the game 4:38 into the second period after Blues defenseman Eric Weinrich collided with him and knocked him into the post.

Sanford got back on his skates, but was helped to the bench. He was later diagnosed with a hip flexor pull. Kitchen said he wasn't sure how long Sanford would be sidelined.

Sanford allowed two goals on four shots before being replaced by Jason Bacashihua, who gave up two goals on 16 shots in making his NHL debut.

``It's not the way I thought my first NHL game would be,'' Bacashihua said. ``But I skated well this morning and felt confident going in.''

The Blues had recalled the 23-year-old goalie from Peoria of the AHL on Monday.

Hilbert opened the scoring on a deflection at 8:33 of the first period. As Hilbert cut across the slot, Rene Bourque's shot from just inside the blue line struck him and bounded past Sanford.

Lapointe made it 2-0 with 1:12 left in the first. He scored from the crease, after being set up by Kyle Calder following a St. Louis turnover.

McAmmond cut it to 2-1 just over 2 minutes after Khabibulin stopped Weight on the penalty shot.

Bell's power-play goal with 3:52 left in the second gave Chicago a 3-1 lead. He beat Bacashihua with a high shot from the top of the right circle.

Vorobiev's empty-net goal with 1:37 left made it 4-1. Dowd completed the scoring, with Bacashihua back in goal, with two seconds left.

Notes: Blackhawks D Michal Barinka missed the game with concussion-like symptoms, caused by a hit by Nashville's Scott Hartnell on Thursday. ... Chicago D Todd Simpson returned after missing two games with a knee injury. ... Chicago D Adrian Aucoin missed his third straight game with a groin injury. ... St.Louis RW Dallas Drake missed his fourth game with a sore lower back.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:33
CHI
Andy Hilbert (2) Tip-in - ASST: Rene Bourque (11), Jim Dowd (6)
1 - 0 CHI
18:48
CHI
Martin Lapointe (5) Snap shot - ASST: Kyle Calder (14), Mark Bell (12)
2 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
10:30
STL
Dean McAmmond (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Simon Gamache (1), Jason Bacashihua (1)
2 - 1 CHI
16:08
CHI
PPG - Mark Bell (13) Slapshot - ASST: Anton Babchuk (1), Martin Lapointe (10)
3 - 1 CHI
3rd Period
18:23
CHI
EN - Pavel Vorobiev (9) Snap shot - ASST: Tyler Arnason (17)
4 - 1 CHI
19:58
CHI
Jim Dowd (2) Snap shot - ASST: Andy Hilbert (1), Rene Bourque (12)
5 - 1 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:03
CHI
Matthew Barnaby  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
00:03
STL
Jamal Mayers  Instigator against  Matthew Barnaby
00:03
STL
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Matthew Barnaby
00:03
STL
Jamal Mayers  Misconduct (10 min)
05:30
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Hooking against  Keith Tkachuk
08:51
CHI
Kyle Calder  Hooking
10:30
CHI
Todd Simpson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:46
STL
Doug Weight  Holding
14:10
CHI
Duncan Keith  Tripping against  Dennis Wideman
16:38
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Hooking against  Keith Tkachuk
2nd Period
06:14
CHI
Jaroslav Spacek  Closing hand on puck
12:48
STL
Jamal Mayers  Hooking
12:48
STL
Jamal Mayers  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:28
CHI
Rene Bourque  Hooking
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Curtis Sanford
SA: 4TOI: 24:38
Saves: 2EV: 1 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Jason Bacashihua
SA: 16TOI: 34:19
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .970SH: 2 - 2

 
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